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Looking right at you Secretary Bird - Sagittarius serpentarius Bird,Fall,Geotagged,Hluhluwe,KwaZulu Natal,Sagittarius serpentarius,Secretary Bird,South Africa Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. One of my favorite birds! If you haven't yet, check out its hunting strategy, it's absolutely brutal. Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, saw that in documentaries and this was one of the Birds that I wanted to see during the Safari and was glad to see it :) Posted one year ago
  2. When I went to Africa, I wanted to see the legendary Big Five, just like everyone else. But being a birdwatcher, I created a Big Five of birdwatching: Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Ground Hornbill, Crowned Crane, and Kori Bustard and was thrilled to see all five! Posted one year ago
    1. That was a good thing you did, Barry. Its much better to have your own list of things to see rather than what's on other's list or the 'commercial list'.

      I had wanted to see some Phasmids when in South Africa but was not allowed to go out for night walks due to security concern, to my disappointment. However, on my second trip, I combined South Africa and Mozambique and was able to do some night walks on my own to a small hill just behind the Resort. And I was happy to see some Phasmids, at least one of them was an undescribed species :D
      Posted one year ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Nature's Ninja! The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a fearsome predator that lives on the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. It is a large, terrestrial bird that has quill-like feathers arranged like a fancy headdress, a red face, and tough scales on their crane-like legs. Although they are good flyers, they spend most of their time prowling the savannah for prey. They keep their heads down while strutting through the grass— always on the lookout for snakes. When they find one, they flush it out, and with incredible speed, ferocity, and precision, the lanky birds kill their prey by repeatedly stomping on it to death. They deliver powerful killer blows to a snake's head with a force five times the bird's own body weight! These cranium-cracking kicks can kill a venomous snake in the blink of an eye, which is vital for the bird's survival considering their prey could turn around and pierce them with a deadly bite. {Spotted in South Africa by JungleDragon moderator, Albert Kang} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 4 days ago
    1. Spectacular!! Posted 4 days ago
    2. This is an all-times favorite in this collection! :-) Posted 4 days ago
      1. Thanks, Christine for this hi-light.
        Thanks too, Lisa and Marta :)
        Posted 3 days ago

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The Secretarybird or Secretary Bird is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers, it is given its own family, Sagittariidae.

It appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Jun 6, 2017. Captured Mar 25, 2014 20:45 in R618, South Africa.
  • NIKON D5200
  • f/6.3
  • 1/1600s
  • ISO400
  • 300mm