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The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex, clunozobec africky) from ZOO Prague, Czech republic :nod: very rarely kept species of bird! And rarely posted here on dA :giggle:





Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:
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INFO ABOUT THE ANIMAL:

Name: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Location: tropical east Africa (Sudan Tanzania)
Size: body: 120 cm, wing span: 230-260 cm weight: 7 Kg
Diet: fish, reptiles, birds, little mammals
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Interesting facts: its amazing big beak gave this bird a name in various languages, they are called shoebills, whale-headed storks or boat-beaks | they live in swamps, they inhabit river shores | female lays 2 eggs, both parents take care they put water on eggs and they spread the wings above the nest to protect the eggs and babies from direct sun | they have unnusual hunting technique, as their beak is very big and heavy | they hunt even crocodiles! | they do not live in groups, they are solitary. Only during mating season, they meet and then they take care for babies | they are very shy | there are only 13 ZOOs in the world which keep shoebills!

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Critique by Fantelle Fantelle/critique/668114474">Aug 20, 2012, 7:42:45 AM
This is truly a beautiful picture which I just have to write a critique on, I couldn't leave it.

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This photo is truly original, before this I didn't know this type of bird even existed. First of all, the coat is wonderful. Under her eye to the top of her neck is fluffy, soft fur that I just want to cuddle with. Later come the real feathers. The way the bird is positioned and holding it's head down is picture-perfect, like the scene was set up. I really like how the background is totally blurred out, pointing all of the attention towards the bird itself.

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I can find nothing wrong with this picture at all, it really fascinates me and I have to start googling more about this bird right now.

This is a wonderful picture, keep the great work up! As your title says, this picture is very, very special.
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:iconnaknave:
Naknave Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Shoebills, they remind me of muppets. The picture turned out great. It really brings out the bird's colorations
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:iconmaresasinclair:
MaresaSinclair Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
Amazing! I never even heard of this species before.
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:iconnotevenuseful:
NotEvenuseful Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
What. The. Heck is that.
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:iconrhunel:
rhunel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017   General Artist
What a funny bird! Thanks for sharing!
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:icontpallier:
tpallier Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely photo :-)
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:iconglasgalahad:
GlasGalahad Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Hello!
I was curious, I wanted to make a DA stamp that supports Shoebills! 
Could I please use this photograph for the stamp?
Full credit will be placed in the description, and I'm also willing to add your username in the stamp!
Thank you!
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:iconlilialaurent:
LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks so primitive!! :o (Eek) :happybounce: Love 
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:iconbookworm30000:
bookworm30000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol it looks like a loftwing
From legend of zelda xD
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:iconlammergeier13:
Lammergeier13 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Woo! I love shoebills!
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:iconfoxanimahurricane:
foxanimahurricane Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
love that pose :3
reminds me of a loftwing
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:iconkavsikuzah:
kavsikuzah Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconanimekoneko242:
AnimeKoneko242 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
An awesome bird. Looks like it'd be pretty tall (more than 120 cm).
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:iconcheezayballz:
CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
typical height range of 110 to 140 cm(43 to 55 in) and wingspan of 230 to 260 cm (91 to 100 in)
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:iconjumping4fun54:
Jumping4Fun54 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Whoah O.O Great photo :D
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:icononishadlink:
OniShadLink Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot! A Real Live Loftwing! Haha. :3
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:iconamoryllis:
amoryllis Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YAY! Somebody else noticed it! X3 [link](Skyward_Sword).png
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:iconchakuu:
chakuu Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
wow! he's gorgeous! was this shot taken at the Tampa zoo?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
but the description says where I took this photo :lol: it was ZOO Prague :)
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:iconchakuu:
chakuu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
oh, whoops! i couldnt see that at first. ^^;
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:iconxxitachi-kunxx:
xXItachi-KunXx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
He's all :iconicameplz:
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:iconxxitachi-kunxx:
xXItachi-KunXx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
:iconicameplz:
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:iconkepokamatzin:
kepokamatzin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
wow a excellent images
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:iconswallowillow16:
swallowillow16 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
IT'S SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconhighestcrown:
highestcrown Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice capture of a shoebill!
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:iconwinglei:
winglei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the shoebird talking: "don't look at me weird when i ask this, but does my nose look big from this angle?"
lol great shot
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
haha :giggle:
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:iconsaitouuryuuji:
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
haha all these pictures of the shoebills make it look prehistoric, love the lighting. Great job.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you :aww:
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:iconsaitouuryuuji:
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
haha at first when I saw it I thought it was anametronic with how the lighting was and such. That look in his eyes makes you think he wants to kill something or someone. haha.
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:icongothdragon999:
GothDragon999 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Wow, look at how sharp its beak is! Some of its feathers look more like fur near it's head, too. Really nice shot. :)
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:iconizluver87:
IZluver87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Aw! Looks like its being all shy. ^_^ lol
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:iconmonaparvin:
MonaParvin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Love this photo :heart:
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:iconsamoholic:
samoholic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, he must have a hair stylist/Feather Arrange-r, because that is one pimp look!
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:iconmatabrujulas:
matabrujulas Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
never saw a bird like that. looks like he's smiling :D
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:iconpatriciavazquez:
PatriciaVazquez Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi I featured you in my new journal...:)

Enjoy !!
Trish ~
:hug:
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:iconchipiri:
chipiri Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
It is VERY cute when its mouth is closed! Thank you, I've never seen this bird before!
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:iconpractice-s:
Practice-s Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
a biiiiiiiiiiiiig head
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:icontinyfoxpuppet:
TinyFoxPuppet Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is the cutest bird ever! Nice photo!
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:iconmonsieurhenri:
MonsieurHenri Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   General Artist
ahah...... such a terrific expression......
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:iconbastetanku:
Bastetanku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
What a wonderful bird. One of my favorite books as a child has a shoebill as the main character :P.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
really? :D which one? :D
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:iconbastetanku:
Bastetanku Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
San Diego Zoo :)
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:iconpharochic:
Pharochic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Must be tough to have a face like a shoe...
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
very rare, yes :nod:
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:iconalphasilverwolf:
alphasilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
he sure is
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:iconmjem:
MJEM Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
wow
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:iconmissnaughty:
MISSNAUGHTY Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i LOVE shoebills!
great photo!
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:iconthefiregnome:
TheFireGnome Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Great shot!
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:iconchachitonks:
ChachiTonks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love these birds; they look ancient. Or at least, whenever I see prehistoric birds they seem to resemble this one xD

Excellent take <33
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