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Joey Posted 03-Jul-2017 21:32
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Can anybody help me identify this bird. - It was seen and photographed in Kenya - Lake Navaisha. It appears to be Grey / Dark Grey head with white body then Grey/ Dark Grey tail. It appears to have stilted legs, almost like a heron and the beak is long and pointed  ???      

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Karmann65 Posted 05-Jul-2017 08:54
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Nearest I can think of is a Hamerkop. There's certainly a lot in common shapewise but the colours don't match. Could the apparent colours on this picture be a trick of the light?

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Joey Posted 05-Jul-2017 16:26
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HI - thanks for reply - The bird is definitely Grey / Dark Grey and White unless it is a different type of Hamerkop. It is the only bird i can't identify after our Safari trip in Kenya ! 

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Karmann65 Posted 06-Jul-2017 07:36
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I searched for Hamercop pictures and only saw one where the feathers were quite pale in comaprison to normal. But that was still a solid colour covering the entire bird, unlike this one. With a beak like that you'd have though it quite easy to identify but I must confess to struggling with this one. I've put it out to a friend of mine who's far better at this than I am. Hopefully he'll come back with an answer.

I'd love to do a safari trip sometime.

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Karmann65 Posted 07-Jul-2017 11:23
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Heard back from my resident expert (RSPB representitive) this morning and he believes it to be a Hamerkop despite the colours.

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Joey Posted 07-Jul-2017 12:12
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Hi - Thanks for your help - It does appear to have similarities to the Hamerkop but when i did searches i could only find the brown Hamerkops, which i also have a photo from our Safari trip.  I  am unable to find a bird with those colourings.     

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Karmann65 Posted 07-Jul-2017 13:05
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Look up "leucistic hamerkop"

Apparently they do come in other colours

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Joey Posted 07-Jul-2017 18:23
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HI - Thanks for your help -  I have found some pictures of leucistic hamerkops and it does seem this is the case... so that is my last Kenya bird identified - !! - Regards.    

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