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Today I visited the Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands. The Abyssinian ground hornbill was one of the first animals I encountered. This large terrestrial bird is found in Northern sub-Saharan Africa. In many African cultures the bird is considered sacred, or at least useful as an exterminator of snakes, mice and grasshoppers.
She was not easy to photograph through the mesh, but it worked out quite well. Notice the long feathers that look like eyelashes? Yes, she is quite a lady.