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Crazy beak

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 7 February 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The 1st image in this Japanese series.

This is the craziest bird I have ever seen. And still, I don’t know what the name of this creature is!
PS Thanks to Chris (see comment below from CElliotUK), we now know that the name is Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), also known as Whalehead. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.


Becco pazzo
La prima foto della serie sul Giappone.
Questo è il volatile più strano che io abbia mai visto. E ancora non sono riuscito a capire come si chiami!
PS Grazie a Chris (vedi il commento di CElliotUK più sotto), ora sappiamo che si tratta di un Becco a scarpa (Balaeniceps rex), un Pelecaniforme che vive nell’Africa orientale tropicale, in grandi paludi tra il Sudan e lo Zambia. È l’unico rappresentante della famiglia Balaenicipitidae.
Taken on Aug 6, 2005, at the Ueno Zoo, Tokyo.
Scattata il 6 Agosto 2005, allo zoo di Ueno, a Tokyo.

KODAK DX6490 ZOOM 1/500 second F/4.5 ISO 80 218 mm (35mm equiv.)

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

wow, amazing shot !!!!
and it s a scary beak O_o'
i don t know his name too... if i find it, i will talk you
have a nice day

7 Feb 2011 6:39am

@٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭: Thanks, Eric! We found the name! Well, Chris did. I wrote a couple of lines more in the caption. :)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Wow great smiling portrait and what a background for it :))

7 Feb 2011 7:04am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

In English the are called "Shoebills" and they are very odd!

7 Feb 2011 9:00am

@CElliottUK: Hi Chris! Thank you so much! After your comment, I added some info to the caption.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

preciosa composición

7 Feb 2011 7:21pm

tataray from france, France

Wow ... ça fait peur !...))
Belle capture.

7 Feb 2011 7:55pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

it is crazy!! looks unreal! very cool!!

7 Feb 2011 9:50pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

fantastic bird and picture !

7 Feb 2011 9:53pm

Arash from Arak, Iran

Very nice and funny scenes registered to be successful.

8 Feb 2011 3:48pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

This is a unique, wonderful and mysterious bird!

8 Feb 2011 8:17pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my word! This is one funny looking bird! Look how it's smiling at you ;-)

8 Feb 2011 8:48pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Un beau sourire !

9 Feb 2011 4:14am

Anna Kristina from Stockholm, Sweden

WOW! this is awesome!!

9 Feb 2011 8:01am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

fantastic portrait!!!
amazing specimen!
well done

12 Feb 2011 7:53am

Franz from Baden, Austria

very odd indeed, but not unappealing! and thanks to chris, too, who knows everything about birds ... ;-))

15 Feb 2011 1:35pm

1/500 second
ISO 80
218 mm (35mm equiv.)