Black-bellied bustard

Exploring Vera Plaines last Sunday, Paul and I came across a Black-bellied bustard sneaking through the savanna. It is a large bird about the size of a turkey. She seemed to prefer running away and hiding, rather than taking flight. Being female, she possibly had a nest nearby.

Black-bellied bustard, Lissotis melanogaster

Difficult to see when she wasn’t moving, her brown and buff camouflage blended in perfectly with the dried savanna grasses.

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