Hamerkops are members of a monotypic bird family and are found in many parts of Africa whilst also extending into Arabia and on to Madagascar. I came across this pair building a nest near the little village of Mamre north of Cape Town and had to try and make the best of the very poor conditions (overcast skies, some rain, strong wind, etc.). They were nesting in a clump of trees, so the backgrounds were also quite busy. Here the bird is flying back to its nest site with some soft, wet grass to line the huge nest that they build with...

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