These prizes are up for grabs in a competition to encourage you to help with a survey of saddle-billed storks in the Kruger National Park. The guys at the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) are looking for good photos of these beautiful birds taken anytime from 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010.
Why the specific interest in saddle-billed storks? Well, as the name of the organisation conducting the survey suggests, they’re endangered. In fact, it’s estimated that there are less than 100 of them left in South Africa, all in the north-eastern low-lying areas of the country. You’ll usually find them in pairs along water sources and can identify them by their large size, black and white plumage and the yellow ‘saddle’ on their otherwise black and red bill.
So what can you do to help, and of course to put yourself in line to win one of these great prizes? Take photos of any saddle-bills you see – each individual bird, from left and right angles, focusing particularly on the face and bill. Close-up ‘mugshots’ are ideal. The EWT will also need your sighting info: date, time, location, closest water source and any other info you think might be helpful. If you have a GPS, use it! Email your photos and sighting details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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