Imposante Schnäbel – Imposant beaks

Während die einen so träge vor sich hin schlummern…

While some slumber so lazily…

völlig in ihre Gedanken versunken

completely immersed in their thoughts

und andere Löcher in die Luft starren,

and other stare into space,

ist dieser Junge hier hoch konzentriert bei der Arbeit.

is this guy here highly concentrated at work.

Meistens steht der Schuhschnabel fast unbeweglich am Ufer.
Man könnte meinen, er sei ausgestopft.

Most of the time, the shoebill stands almost motionless on the shore.
You might think it’s stuffed.

Doch plötzlich stößt er blitzschnell zu. Wasser stobt zu allen Seiten.
Ein kurzer Ruck und der zappelnde Fisch verschwindet in seinem imposanten Schnabel.

But suddenly it thrusts into the water. It spurts on all sides.
A short jerk and the fidgeting fish disappears in his imposing beak.

Steckbrief Schuhschnabel (Balaeniceps rex)

– kann vereinzelt bis 150 cm groß werden
– in der Vogelwelt einzigartig geformter Schnabel, namensgebend
– Einzelgänger
– kann in Gefangenschaft bis 30 Jahre alt werden
– zwei bis drei Jungen, aber meist überlebt nur das Erstgeborene
– Der Bestand ist gefährdet. Der Hauptgrund ist seine Lebensraumzerstörung durch Trockenlegung der Sümpfe
– Es gibt nur noch 5.000 bis 8.000 freilebende Individuen, die meisten davon im Südsudan

Profile Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)

– can occasionally be up to 150 cm tall
– in the bird world uniquely shaped beak, eponymous
– Loner
– can be in captivity until 30 years old
– two or three chicks, but usually only the firstborn survive
– The stock is endangered. The main reason is its habitat destruction by draining the swamps
– There are only 5,000 to 8,000 remaining individuals, most of them in South Sudan

28 Comments

  1. Hilarious post Simone, that gave me a good giggle !!! They are so funny! Thank you 🙂

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    1. It was a great pleasure for me, Liz! 😀

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  2. Super Bilder, liebe Simone. Kann es sein, daß diese Zeitgenossen alle etwas miesepetrig daherschauen? 🙂

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    1. Na ja, wie man so halt ausschaut, ein wenig müde mit einem dicken Schnabel zwischen den Federn 🙂 Bis auf den Schuhschnabel, sein Blick ist sehr konzentriert. Und als der sich auf einmal so blitzschnell bewegte, wackelte ich vor Schreck mit der Kamera 😉

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  3. Tolle Fotoserie Simone!! Sie sind alle grimmig schön 🙂

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    1. Danke Dir, Antje! JA, irgendwie haben diese Charakterschnäbel was 😉

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    2. Das stimmt, Simone 😉

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  4. amazing shots! fun post!

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    1. Thank you Jodi!

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  5. Great photos – so interesting I have looked at them again and again.

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    1. That makes me happy, because I love these special birds too! They have so much character!

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  6. Love, love, love these photos.

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    1. Thank you so much Maralee! Your words make me happy!

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  7. I really like all of these photos a lot, Simone, but the shoebill is really special. I know people who have designed their entire journey around searching for the shoebill. So rare, and so uniquely gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Jet! Yes, it’s a unique bird and it was a lot of fun for me to watch the shoebill hunting. I’m lucky that the world bird park near Hannover has so much beautiful birds. You can get very close to the animals and often you can see the special behaviour, because they feeling good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Oh, what a beautiful and funny post!! I love the photos and the commentary so much. Thanks for sharing!

    -Emma

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    1. Thank you Emma 🙂

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  9. You’ve created some excellent portraits here. You seem to have had a cooperative subject.

    Did you know there was a famous pianist named Artur Schnabel?

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I am a Bird Whisperer 😉

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  10. Tatsächlich sehr imposant :). Sehr schöne Aufnahmen. Lg bilere

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    1. Gerne 🙂

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  11. Your photo’s are fantastic, you’re a very talented person. We enjoyed them very much. Thank you

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    1. Thank you so much John and Louise! Wish you all the best! Simone

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  12. excellent work Simone!

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    1. I’m glad that you like the pictures. Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Das freut mich!

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