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Saddle-billed Stork

This huge and strikingly coloured bird is commonly found in or around, dams, pans and rivers where it feeds on frogs, fish and other water life. It sometimes forages away from water on flood plains where they will also hunt and feed on small mammals. The images above appear to be a female distinguished by a yellow eye ring and an absence of a small yellow wattle below the eye. They occur singly or in pairs and are shy birds. When hunting saddle-billed storks will wade slowly through the water until they see potential prey. They will stab at their intended prey with their bills and may toss it into the air before catching and swallowing it. The spine of larger fish is sometimes nipped off to incapacitate it before swallowing. The images below show a saddle-billed stork in the process of catching and swallowing a fish.