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|Spotted this bird walking with this head up attitude in Kruger Park and then saw him catching insects in the air with a slight jump. In Afrikaans it is called a gompou probably as it alos gives a display of sorts by spreading its feathers.|
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JThe Kori Bustard, Ardeotis kori, is a large bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight, although this title may also belong to the similarly-dimensioned Great Bustard.
The Kori Bustard is mostly grey in color, with a black crest on its head and yellow legs. Kori Bustards are often found with bee-eaters riding on their backs as they stride through the grass. The bee-eaters make the most of their walking perch by hawking insects from the bustard's back that are disturbed by the bustard's wandering.
This is a large and heavy bird, and avoids flying if possible. It spends most of its time on the ground, foraging for the seeds and lizards which make up most of its diet.
The male Kori Bustard averages at about 110 cm (3.7 feet) in length and stands 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) tall. An average male bird would weigh about 12.4 kg (26-27 lb), but exceptional birds may weigh over 20 kg (44 lb). A report exists of a 34 kg (75 lb) bird, but it is not verified and must be beheld with skepticism because it so much heavier than any other recorded weight for a Kori Bustard. The female Kori Bustard averages 5.7 kg (11 lb) and is usually 20% shorter than a male.
Like all bustards, Kori Bustards have polygynous breeding habits, where one male displays to attract several females and mates with them all. He then leaves the females to care for the young by themselves. The females build a nest on the ground and incubate the eggs, foregoing eating for days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings them a steady stream of food, most of it soft so the chicks can eat it easily.
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very nice portrait, I like its colours very much, TFS Ori
- [2008-08-09 15:13]
Det is lekker. Well captured. Great depth of field and exposure. Intersting note.
Thanks for sharing.
It's that big Bustard with such an attitude:)
Very beautiful bird actually.
You captured this Kori Bustard very well.
Gee, a bird I wasn't aware of and now I have critiqued two photos of a Kori Bustard in two days. Now maybe I'll remember what it is. This is a very sharp image and a great profile pose. I like all the feather detail.
Evelynn : )
This is a great shot of a Kori Bustard. Very sharp and good detail. I have never seen one before. TFS
- [2008-08-09 21:54]
A great portrait of the Kori Bustard taken in a fine pose from a good POV with excellent sharpness and lighting.
Nice one to view and thanks for sharing it!
- [2008-08-09 22:58]
interesting bird. never seen this species
- [2008-08-10 0:51]
Çok güzel bir kuş fotosu .
- [2008-08-10 0:53]
very good portrait of this bustard, with nice details and colors. tfs.
- [2008-08-11 12:05]
You've caught this Bustard in a lovely pose looking very proud! And proud you should be of this lovely capture! Great focus, sharp details and I love the colours of the plumage.
Good light and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla