Meeting shoebill for the first time, that could be terrifying as they look like an ancient creatures.
They're beautiful and rare, classified as endangered species.
@JonathanMBR in one of the pictures it looks like an animatronics or a Jim Henson puppet (like, from The Dark Crystal)
They're one of my favorite birds, because they manage to be so striking without gaudy plumage or bright colors. Their mere presence makes an impression. I would love to see one in person someday!
unfortunately, loss of habitats and Ugandan fishermen killing them in the belief that they are sign of bad omen are driving them to extinction. 😢
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