Hamerkop

I love this bird. It seems to be right out of the illustrations of a XIXth Century book about prehistoric wildlife (and it’s the only living species of the genus Scopus). I love its name. It seems a near impossibility (that’s probably why there are so many other possible names like Hammerkop, Hammerkopf, Hammerhead, Hammerhead Stork, Umbrette, Umber Bird, Tufted Umber, or Anvilhead).

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), Ombrette.
Moremi National Park, Botswana, May 2010.

2 comments for “Hamerkop

  1. August 3, 2010 at 02:40

    I absolutely love your photographs. It is such a nice break in my day or way to uplift my spirits during a hard and long day.

  2. August 3, 2010 at 19:51

    Thanks a lot. I hope that I can keep satisfying you in the coming weeks.

    I have a few more shots to disclose. The treasure trove from Botswana is not empty yet.

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