Scopus umbretta  Hamerkop  Hamerkop
SwebeSwebe, Jul 2017

Resident but moves about widely. Occurs across the Waterberg (recorded in 70% of the pentads) and is fairly common and likely to occur along any drainage line or on any dam, especially those with bare margins. Found mostly as single birds or in pairs. Breeds widely in years of good rainfall, skipping breeding in dry years.
Hamerkop nest
Tweestroom, Aug 2017

The huge nests of this species are often placed on rocks in the Waterberg. Their nests are often taken over by Egyptian Geese and Barn Owls
Hamerkop in flight
Modimolle, Feb 2014
Hamerkop nest with Verreaux's Eagle Owl
Mookgopong, Sep 2018

Hamerkop nest taken over by Verreaux's Eagle Owls.

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