Mary E. Fuller:

If anyone in the US has been watching Africa (on Discovery Channel) here is a little more info about the shoebills in Zambia. Here’s a link to the part about shoebills:


Originally posted on BangweuluFish:

shoebill eye

I didn’t have a photo of a shoebill’s eye so I’ve used one of a Tyrranosaurus instead

With BBC Africa’s recent footage of a shoebill nest in Bangweulu making headlines I’ve realised its high time I put some photos and facts up here about the Bangweulu swamp’s flagship species.

shoebill Bangweulu

Kapotwe, the tame shoebill that lived at the research station.

Shoebill (Baleaniceps rex- meaning ‘whale-head king’) occur only in the Africa’s most vast swamps and wetlands. Here they mostly just stand around, their giant feet supporting their weight on the floating grass. They are fairly lazy, so instead of enthusiastically going for tiny fish like all the other thousands of birds in the swamp, they just hang out waiting for a BIG fish to come past. The trick with big fish though (especially catfish, their favourite!) is that they have mighty hard skulls. Not a problem…

shoebill stork closeup “…I’ll just smash that fish…

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About Mary E. Fuller

Originally from Iowa, currently traveling in Italy and Greece. Proud Iowa State Cyclone, soon-to-be a Western Illinois Leatherneck. Served for three years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Serenje, Zambia and worked for Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. for two years before coming down with a serious case of wanderlust. Catch up with my on Instagram: @mary.eliz.fuller or on Twitter: @maryinzambia
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