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|OTHER WILD BIRD STORIES
Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
|» No Barbeque this Summer|
|» Barn Swallow "Mama"|
|» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?|
|» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica|
|» Just Another Golden Eagle|
| » Four Birds in One Tree:
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
|» Four Calling Birds???|
|» A Very Unique Cardinal|
| » Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
|» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet|
|» The Ever-Popular Chickadee|
|» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw|
|» Barrel Cactus Confrontation|
|» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...|
|» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
|» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch|
|» The Best Mimic?|
|» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
|» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?|
|» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me|
|» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon|
| » Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
|» A Rare and Unusual Bird
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
|» Raven Showoffs|
|» Reddish Egrets and Canopy Feeding|
| » Robins and Worms
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
|» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings?|
|» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder|
|» Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash|
|» Aransas in the Fog:
|» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber|
|Being fascinated with birds of all kinds, I have studied species from all over the world. Even though I know I will not get to all of the places that I would love to go birdwatching, I have a list of the wild birds I really want to see if I win the lottery (you can't win if your don't play) and got to travel all over the world. My list for Africa is quite extensive, but I can name the top 5 without giving it much thought at all;
1. African grey parrot (of course!)
2. Secretary bird
3. Carmine bee eater
4. Lilac-breasted roller
5. Bateleur eagle
|THE SECRETARY BIRD
Ever since I saw a photograph of the Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), I have been fascinated by them. I have seen them in zoos but it would be really nice to see one in the wild. The bird was named because the long quills in their "head dress" looks like pens. They could have been called "African snake stompers." They are one of the most unusual looking birds and at first because of their size (about 4" high), it is easy to think that they are some sort of crane. They are actually raptors in the order Falconiformes along with birds that we are more familiar with such as birds the hawks and raptors in the U.S.