I filmed this Hamerkop on my way home on the outskirts of East London (South Africa).
It was crossing the road of the small causeway which provides a nice location for nature and wildlife very close to town.
Here’s the HD Video:
How to Identify a Hamerkop
The Hamerkop (English translation is “Hammer Head”) is a medium-sized, dusky brown-coloured bird with a unmistakable head shape. This characteristic is what makes it so easy to identify.
It often gets mistaken for a Heron, or a raptor when in flight. It has long, black legs.
It usually lives near water so it can hunt for small fish, tadpoles, insects, shrimp and other invertebrates.
Here’s a video of a Hamerkop hunting in a river, searching for a meal, but at the same time having to avoid the hungry crocodile!
In flight single birds utter a plain ‘keep’, followed at intervals of a few seconds by other individual notes. They make a loud and discordant yip-purr chorus in social displays away from the nesting site.
It make a very big nest; a huge dome-shaped one using sticks. The nest has a small side entrance.
South African birder, Heidi Wilson, mentions the following:
“Lots of superstition that surrounds the Hamerkop, especially in Northern South Africa and neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe. The Hammerkop is associated with an omen of death, and regarded with fear and trepidation, if it flies over you.”
10 Tips on How to Care for Your Pet Bird
Ten tips from the experts on how to give your pet bird the proper care it needs to thrive and be healthy.
Habitats For Birds
As you learn to enjoy the beauty of birdlife around your home, you may wish to improve the "habitat" in your yard so that more birds will visit your property. It doesn't matter where you live - in an apartment, townhouse or single family dwelling, in the city, suburbs or country. Just stand still and…
50 Common Birds of North America
50 common birds of NA with images. Great for getting started or learning.
50 Recipes for Bird Treats
Recipes For The Birds gives you 50 easy to make bird treat recipes. Everything from bird cookies to bird salad, birdie breakfast to bird pizza, you can create a cuisine that the birds will just love! Recipes For The Birds will make the birds start flocking to your own 5 star restaurant for the birds in your backyard.
750 Bird Checklist of North America
700 pages of N. American birds and identifying tips.