Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hunter Bird

Secretary birds are said to be named for their crest of long quill-like feathers, which make them look like a 19th century secretary with quill pens behind his ear. Although I have heard that the name is a French corruption of the Arabic 'saqr-et-tair', which means 'hunter bird'.
I photographed this male as he was courting. I like the way the gathering storm clouds behind set off his white feathers.

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