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    Posted May 7, 2014 by
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    Birds of Ethiopia


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JuleeK took these photos of different species of birds native to Ethiopia while she was visiting the Omo Valley region this past January and February. "These are all common species -- nothing rare or endangered," she said.

    JuleeK thought it was amazing that she could see so many different types of birds wherever she went. "I was surprised to learn just how many bird species are native to Africa," she said. "Many of us have been so attuned to thinking of Africa as the place to see big game that we don't realize the beauty of the birds there. My trip to Ethiopia definitely opened my eyes to appreciating the beauty of birds.
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    I didn’t realize the diversity of birds, that call Ethiopia home, until I spent time in the Omo Valley region which lies in the southern part of the country. Nor did I set out to take photos of birds but every day I crossed paths with some gorgeous feathered creature and I couldn’t help but capture their image. It was often frustrating trying to photograph them - get just an inch too close and they were off! But I kept after them as best I could. Here are a few of the birds I saw.

    Image #1. Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum)
    Image #2. Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
    Image #3. Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
    Image #4. Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
    Image #5. Goliath heron (Ardea goliath)
    Image #6. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) and Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
    Image #7. Greater Pink Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and Lesser Pink Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
    Image #8. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
    Image #9. Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
    Video. The Yellow-billed Stork being photobombed by the Great White Pelicans.

    I'm not a birder so I looked up the bird names after I got home.
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