Abdim’s Stork, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sometimes birding opportunities occur in a split second or two. This sighting was one of those. I was taking photos of some other birds in the grounds of Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last December when we were visiting our daughter while she was teaching there. This large bird flew overhead and was gone in seconds; I hardly had time to focus. In fact, the photo could be better and I didn’t even have time to zoom in and enlarge the image. The bird never returned. I never saw another of this same species during my two week stay in Ethiopia.
Such is the birding life.
At least I got a photo, poor though it is. At it was sufficient to identify it as an Abdim’s Stork. I can’t tell you much more about it so go here to read a little more.
How disappointing that you didn’t find another one! I think anyone who has ever tried to see a bird, or indeed photograph some, understands your pain. At least the bird is the most in focus of the shot. I put up some less than sharp bird pictures today myself.
Thanks Louise – oh, the joys – and frustrations of bird/nature photography. Thankfully, the joys often outweigh the frustrations.