These Eagles have a look very similar to the American Bald Eagle. They are known as fish eagles because there primary food source is fish and they will sit on a treetop waiting for a fish to come close to the surface and then swoop down and snatch it.
Another very common sight in Kruger are vultures, they can be found anywhere there is kill to be devoured or when there is not. You will see them gather like this on bare treetops looking for there next meal.
Here is a closer view of what must be one of the ugliest animals on the planet. This solitary vulture sits on the dead branch of the tree looking for its next meal, there are one of the most common birds and also one of the ugliest.
Egrets are common in the park as they are elsewhere in the world where there are water sources to support them. they can be found along river and stream beds throughout Kruger National Park and nearby.
Although not quite as dramatic as Asian hornbills, the yellow bill hornbill is easily recognizable by its big yellow bill. They are found mostly in Southern Africa and prefer open savannas to wooded areas.
Numerous Stork species migrate from Europe to Africa, the most common being the Marbou stork which can be found throughout the continent but whose range is limited to sub Saharan Africa. They can be spotted on poles or anywhere there is garbage or the remains of fresh kill.
Egyptian Ducks are quite common in Kruger park and throughout Africa. They can easily be distuingshed by the distinctive red patch over there eyes. Strictly speaking these are geese but they are commonly referred to as Ducks.
When I was planning the safari in South Africa, I was mainly thinking "animals", so I was pleasantly surprised and quite fascinated by the enormous number of bird species we encountered. Many of them were migratory birds spending the season in South Africa and had flown from as far north as northern Europe to escape from the dark winter. We saw more bird species than I was able to photograph (the noise of the jeep often scared them away before we reached photographing distance), but those I was lucky enough to capture can be seen in the two travelogues: "Birds I" and "Birds II".
There are so many beautiful birds to be seen in Kruger. While getting excited about the animals we were equally thrilled to see so many colourful birds. We spotted the Great African Vulture, Eagle owl, Lilac breasted Roller, A bird that had 2 shades of blue whose name I do not know, Pelicans of some kind, and many others whose name we did not know but they were very pretty!
In addition to its large game animals, Kruger is also the home to a lot of interesting and photogenic bird species. These include eagles, spoonbills, storks, rollers, owls, cormorants, haws, and plovers. The biggest challenge is photographing them, since they are moving through the air when you spot them.
Of the birds that we saw in Kruger, our favorites were the marabou stork, lilac-breasted roller, and fish eagle.
These colorful birds are bee eaters. The park is full of exotic and coloful birds, Unfortunately the safari group was primarily interested in the big mammals and we did not stop for many of these birds
I can only recommend a night drive that is offered by the various camps, since one has the option to see a lot more of the game that is only active at night, such as the owl spotted in the early evening.