Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Near the Hippo Pools on the banks of the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park we came up on a pair of Saddle-billed Storks. It was only this morning, when doing a bit of research for this post, that I realized that I had a photo of both the male and the female. The differences are subtle. The yellow iris of the female stands out boldly against the black face…while the brown iris of the male trends to blend in with the black. The female is also slightly smaller, but both are big birds (with their necks stretched out, the tallest of the storks of Africa) and the size difference is really hard to see. Sony Rx10iv at 573mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th.

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