Portrait of a funny Helmeted Guinea fowl that walks proudly along the edge of a waterhole while holding its colorful head high. Behind the Guinea fowl is water. The guinea fowls are usually together in groups we call flocks. They are very active and social birds. They will walk many kilometers per day for food. At night they roost in trees and large high bushes to be safe from predators. You would not often see them fly because they are not the best fliers. It also seems that they love to walk or run more than they like to fly. When they flock together, they can be very noisy, especially in the mornings and evenings.
A large flock of Helmeted Guinea fowls came to drink. Of course, with lots of noise and lost of chatting was going on. They started drinking until the first bird did an alarm call. All of a sudden, they would dash for safety. After 2-3 minutes, they all went back to the waterhole to drink a bit more. That gave me the opportunity to photograph a single funny Guinea fowl portrait that walks along the edge of the waterhole. Of course, this scenario went on a few times until all had enough water for the day. It is always fun to watch these birds walk to a waterhole and run away to safety. That happens quite often.
The funny and incredible fast Helmeted Guinea fowl, Numida meleagris, we find in Africa. That photograph we took in the Nxai Pan. It is a National park and one of the Makgadikgadi Pans salt flats in Botswana. The Nxai Pan is a fossil lakebed, basically a salt pan.
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