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on Saddle-billed Stork and the ‘Big 6 Birds’

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Very interesting article, and does make us aware how vulnerable a lot of species really are in Southern Africa.

As a family we take as much excitement in spotting a Big Six Bird as one of the Big Five mammals.

The Census stats you provide from KNP are not really convincing, as I know over the past six Months, of travel in the park, there are a few pairs of SBS I see in the same areas, in the SW and SE of the Park.
Perhaps the Census was a snapshot of a particular day of reported sightings?

Anyhow, thank you for a wonderful article and the effort taken to share with us your knowledge and appreciation of the bushveld.

Hi Gavin. Yes the census I placed in the article was taken from the SANParks website and I think it was done during a certain period. I inserted it to show the scarcity of these wonderful birds. Thanks for your comments and Im glad you enjoyed the piece.


Hi Adam,

I work for Advantage tours and charters at their Whale office in St Lucia. You have some amazing pics!!
The reason for my mail apart from complimenting you on you photos, is that I would like to ask your permission if I could perhaps “borrow” you photo of the pair of Saddle-Billed Storks, obviously I would give the credit to you. I do more or less what you would term “light educational” articles for our FB site, and your photo is just so totally stunning, that I just had to ask, thanks.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm regards,


Hi Adam,

Me and my wife is currently working in Katavi National Park in Tanzania where the saddle-bills caught my attention. In the Helm Field Guide book on birds of East Africa, the illustration show the female also with the yellow wattles. At first, I thought this was incorrect as I am very aware of the differences between the male and female. I studied a lot of photographs on the internet and actually found a female with wattles (and yellow eyes!) Is this perhaps a breeding ‘thing’ same as the change in colour of the bare spot on the chest?

Keep it up!
Deon & Crystal


We love the saddle billed stork! So much so that we had our African crafters make us a 70cm tall beaded version to offer to our customers!

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