Scopus umbretta  Hamerkop  Hamerkop
SwebeSwebe, Jul 2017

A breeding resident. Fairly common and widespread across the Waterberg (190 records, in 66% of the Waterberg pentads) 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, and their erratic occurrence at any one place suggests that they move about widely. They nest in years of good rainfall, and often make no attempt in dry years. Breeds in summer.
Hamerkop Waterberg distribution
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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