Shoebill chick

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Shoebill chick

The Shoebill chick was just two months old but already very large with a well-developed bill. The only bird in its family and endemic to the large swamps of Africa, it is rarely seen and declining in numbers. I was using a long telephoto lens so was much further from the nest than appears in this photo.

Country: Zambia
Location: Bangweulu Swamps
Family: Shoebill (Balaenicipitidae)
Species: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Date taken: 07/08/2014