An unusual Bird Party

Last week, whilst in the Kruger Park, we were fortunate to witness a really interesting bird party.  With the ongoing drought, the river levels were very low and at one pool on the Letaba River, we noticed a large number of birds.  Unfortunately it was on the far side of the wide riverbed, so we could not get close, but what we did see was astounding.

Assorted members of the Party

We counted around 70 Great White Pelicans, 35 Marabou Storks, 20 Yellow-Billed Storks, 15 Grey Herons, 10 African Openbills, 3 Hamerkops, along with assorted Striated Herons, Water Thick-Knees, a Goliath Heron, a Pied Kingfisher and 3 African Fish Eagles (2 of which were juveniles).  There was plenty of activity with the birds foraging and rushing back and forth and every now and then furious interaction between Marabou Storks and the Fish Eagles.  Only after looking at my rather poor photographs (given the distance) did we realise that there must have been hundreds of fish trapped in the pool and that the birds were having a real feast.  A few photographs try to show some of the action.

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