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Simultaneously elegant and awkward, these rather strange looking birds were a joy to watch on a hot afternoon at the vlei in Cape Town, South Africa.

The sun was blazing, one of the hottest days of 2018 so far, but I was desperate to get some photos of these long limbed creatures.  

The eyes are almost transparent and flight isn't as graceful as it is with most birds, but they are beautiful to me. I would have liked to get closer, but that will have to wait till my next visit to South Africa

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