Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

The saddle-billed stork is a large wading bird in the stork family and is part of the “Big Six Birds” (same as the “Big Five” but birds); kori Bustard, martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, pel’s fishing owl, saddle-billed stork and southern ground hornbill. Unfortunately, it is also endangered (with only around 25 to 30 pairs in the Kruger National Park) and thus, a real treat to see on any safari.

Although I had seen these storks growing up, we recorded our first saddle-billed at Lake Nakuru, Kenya in 2011 and then again in southern Kruger in March 2012.


Saddle-billed Stork / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 Febraury 2014 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 Febraury 2014 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 Febraury 2014 Saddle-billed Stork / Benoue River, Cameroon / January 2017 Saddle-billed Stork / Lake Nakuru, Kenya Saddle-billed Stork / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa
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