Scopus umbretta
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The hamerkop, Tanzania's smallest stork, builds a large nest which it may use for one or several seasons or may be used as roosts. The nests may be taken over or later reused by other species: Egyptian goose, kestrels, owls. The sunset photo is courtesy of Steve Brynes and the left upper photo (Lake Duluti, 6-16), courtesy of Stephan Schramm; and the right upper (Serengeti, 2-07), courtesy of Michael Markussen. The photo with yellow-billed stork reflection (Ruaha, 10-17) is courtesy of Brad Johnson. The video shows so-called 'false mating' and preening. Click the photo above to see enlargements including mating, more false mating, nests, and immatures.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-18 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
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Michael Markussen, Steve Brynes, Doug McLenna, Brad Johnson
Stein Ø. Nilsen, Stephan Schramm

Last Update this page: 11-28-18