Juvenile Bateleur

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Also known as the African Snake Eagle, the name ‘Bateleur’ comes from the French word for tight-rope walker, a reference to the side to side rocking of its wing tips that occurs during gliding. The adult bateleur is one of the most colorful birds of prey though the juvenile differs significantly from the adult having a brown plumage. It takes almost 8 years for the juvenile to develop the bright colors of the adult. The bird spends almost 80 percent of the day in flight covering upto 500 kilometers as it searches for food. Photographed this juvenile sitting atop a dead tree in the Serengeti National Park. June 27th, 2015. Nikon D750, 600mm, 1/1600s. f/10

Walking on water

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The Monela Lakes in the Arusha National Park are a great place to see birds, especially flamingos in East Tanzania. During July,August  thousands of flamingos can be seen in the Ngorongoro conservation area and Lake Manyara – however in both these places, the birds are at quite a distance. In Arusha park, we were able to get close to the flamingos. This is a shot of a flamingo landing. July 2nd, 2015. Nikon D750 , 500mm, ISO 250, 1/640s, f/13

African Sacred Ibis

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Found in marshy wetlands and mud flats both inland and on the coast of Sub-Saharan Africa. Photographed in Lake Manayara, Tanzania.  July 2015. Nikon D750 , 1/500s, f/11

Red-and-yellow Barbet

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This distinctly coloured bird is commonly found in the open savannah of the Serengeti and particularly in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Spotted this one on the edge of the Olduvai Gorge. July 2015