Officially our African expedition to find the Shoebill Stork begins! This is the handsome fellow we are after.
This photo was taken almost 100 years ago by Natasha’s grandfather Dr. Bengt Berg in South Sudan – and because we can’t go to South Sudan for obvious reasons – we are going to the next best place for Shoebills, the Malagarasi – Moyowosi fresh water eco-regions of Western Tanzania.
Natasha has lived in Tanzania for over 20 years and would be very proud to find her grandfather’s beloved Shoebill in what has now long been her home. The last time a survey of Shoebills was done in Tanzania, several years ago, they estimated there were less than 500 left in Tanzania. Today the Shoebills are facing serious threat from bush fires, cattle grazing encroachment, and the illegal trade in birds.
So, are not sure what we will find. Much like Natasha’s grandfather did in the early 1920’s we are on a quest that will end hopefully in finding and filming this very spectacular and extraordinary bird.
Photo: © Berg Family