In search of the Shoebill.
Why not take a trip up to Shoebill Island Camp to see this iconic Bird?
This prehistoric looking bird has feet that can reach up to 18cm long!
The beak can be up to 24cm in length and 20cm wide!
They reach the height of 1.5m and weigh as much as 6kg.
Despite their large weight, Shoebills spend most of their time perched on floating vegetation from where they do their fishing. When attacking prey the Shoebill puts its wings out backwards in order to maintain its balance.
Nests are built among the swamp grasses, and from one to three eggs are laid. The strongest chick will most probably be the only survivor as the mother will favour the first hatched chick. The younger ones are intended as back-ups in case the eldest is weak or dies.
The Bangweulu Swamp is the perfect home for the Shoebill, as they are waders and spend their time feeding in the muddy water on fish and other water animals. They move slowly through the water, if they move at all, always being on the lookout for food.
The Shoebill is listed as a vulnerable species and we are so lucky to have the opportunity to see it here right in our country.
SHOEBILL ISLAND CAMP is situated right in the middle of the Bangweulu Swamps.
Transfer to the lodge is by boat.
Guests go on guided walking safaris or boat trips in search of the massive prehistoric looking bird which is found nowhere else in the sub-region.
Why not take a visit?
Until next time......