Meal time is for the birds!

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I love to watch wildlife eat.

I don’t always have a great appreciation for some of the things they eat, but I love watching just the same.

Here is a video of meal time for the African Openbilled Storks (Anastomus lamelligerus) at the San Diego Zoo:

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I’m wondering if you can guess the native habitat of the African Openbilled Stork…………LOL

As you can see from the video, they eat snails, mollusks, and—gulp—mice. I liked the way several of the birds picked up a mouse, walked over to the water, and proceeded to wash their food before they ate it….

Although not endangered globally, they are threatened in South Africa by habitat loss, entanglement in fishing lines, and pesticides added to water to control mosquitoes.

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13 thoughts on “Meal time is for the birds!

  1. insearchofitall

    I really enjoyed watching them. Fascinating! Everything is going to be endangered by the stuff they are adding to the water.:( We seem to only be waking up a few but not those that are continuing to do real damage. I hate to see these guys lost too.

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