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September 11, 2018

Hamerkop heaven

How lucky we are to have a Hamerkop pair building a nest right in camp! It’s been so much fun watching this pair collet material for their nest each day, and I’ll tell you what, they are very hard workers. 

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hamerkops, they are a medium sized wading bird, who are known to build the largest nests in the world, relative to their size. 

 

(in Afrikaans, it was given the name “Hammerhead” due the shape of its head, with the long bill to the front and the crest at the back)

 

(This nest has grown so much in just 10 days!!!!!!)

 

(For hours a day they can be seen flying to different parts of the lodge, collecting grass, mud and sticks for their nest)

 

(Both the male and female will help build the nest)

 

(Hamerkops can build 4 nests a year)

 

Hopefully we get to see some Hammerkop young in the not too distant future.

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How lucky we are to have a Hamerkop pair building a nest right in camp! It’s been so much fun watching this pair collet material for their nest each day, and I’ll tell you what, they are very hard workers. 

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hamerkops, they are a medium sized wading bird, who are known to build the largest nests in the world, relative to their size. 

 

(in Afrikaans, it was given the name “Hammerhead” due the shape of its head, with the long bill to the front and the crest at the back)

 

(This nest has grown so much in just 10 days!!!!!!)

 

(For hours a day they can be seen flying to different parts of the lodge, collecting grass, mud and sticks for their nest)

 

(Both the male and female will help build the nest)

 

(Hamerkops can build 4 nests a year)

 

Hopefully we get to see some Hammerkop young in the not too distant future.