09 Jan 2008 • 2,258 views
This Shoebill did seem rather annoyed with me pointing a large white lens at him. It's a big bird (about 1.2m) with a huge beak - not something to mess around with when they give you "the stare".
Despite the tough look, the truth is, they are actually quite gentle birds, and have thin wobbly stilt like legs. One of the game keepers at the Jurong Bird Park (Singapore), was feeding small fish to the Shoebills - danging a fish in front of them, and they'd take it from his hand.
Due to habitat loss, Shoebills are now considered a vulnerable species. Hope they don't go the way of the Dodo.
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