I recently came to know of this bird, called the shoe-billed stork and I can’t get over how it looks. Can it be possible that something like this actually exists outside a fantasy novel? It looks like something created by Lewis Carroll; like it should be strolling through a verse of The Walrus and the Carpenter.

At its largest, the shoe-bill is close to five feet tall. The Wiki page says it … ‘is noted for its slow movements and tendency to remain still for long periods, resulting in repeated descriptions of the species as “statue-like”.’

However, it looks like it might enjoy a good joke.

And when feeling energetic, it might be persuaded to join me in a gentle saunter around Taman Tun park.


P.S. Also from wiki: ‘This species is considered to be one of the five most desirable birds in Africa by ornithologists.’ I have no idea what that means. Desirable as pets? Food? What?

P.P.S. I found this video of shoebill clips set to Noh music. Perfect!

P.P.S. And finally, as large as these birds are, they fly. Check out that windspan!


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