20 May 2010

Skywatch Friday - Flight of the bustard

This was one of those rare moments when we came across a pair of Kori Bustards while driving through the Karoo near Kleinpoort. After a while they became uneasy and decided to leave. This one very obligingly decided to become a Skywatch subject.


For those who would like to know more about the bird..................

The male Kori Bustard averages about 110 cm (3.6 ft) in length. It stands up to 90 cm (3.0 ft) tall and has a wingspan of up to 2.75 metres (9 foot). An average male bird weighs about 12.4 kg (27 lb), though they do get larger. It is also claimed to be one of the largest birds capable of flight.

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8 comments:

Steffi said...

Very beautiful and interesting photos!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!Greetings to SA!

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful bird and such great photos! Thanks for sharing the information about it as well. Wonderful post for the day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Max!

Sylvia

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos of this beautiful bird! I never seen the Kori Bustard before. Just amazing!

Firefly said...

Its really a special occation seeing a Kori Bustard. How fortunate you were.

Tricia said...

WoW! he's a funky lookin one, but excellent captures! And I love that sky

Manang Kim said...

What a very fascinating sight, so lovely! Happy SWF!

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Naquillity said...

gotta love it when a photo opportunity presents itself in this way. it provided you with great pictures to share. the info was interesting too.

sidenote: in some ways it reminds me of an ostrich.

eden said...

Great capture of the bird in flight. I haven't seen that bird before and thank you for sharing great information about it.

Have a blessed weekend!