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    by grets Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There are many birds of prey circling above, which Robert identify as Eurasian Harrier, one of several species of birds of prey which fly low over marshes and other wetland habitats hunting or harrying small prey (hence its name). Prey is varied and includes birds, rodents, rabbits, fish, reptiles and invertebrates. Eurasian marsh harrier is the largest of the harriers, heavier built, has broader wings and no white marks on the rump. In flight its wings assume a V shape and you can clearly see its long tail. There is also Marabou Stork – they gather around butcher shops where they feed on discarded meat. The Marabou stork feed mainly on scraps, which is of great importance to the ecosystem they inhabit; by removing carcasses and rotting material, Marabous help avoiding the spreading of harmful micro organisms. They are seriously big birds with a wing span of over two metres and a height of 1.5 metres. They fly in a majestic way and live mostly solitary or in small groups, although larger groups can be seen near sources of food such as the butcher shops along the side of the road. Marabous breed in the treetops, building large nests. They clatter their beaks as a way of greeting each other and make grunting and snoring sounds.

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