[one_half]Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The park’s name originates from the Tarangire river that runs through land, being the only source of water for wild animals during the dry seasons. During the arid season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. Captured above is a Bateleur Eagle cooling off.
Bateleur eagles are among a group of raptors that secrete a clear, salty fluid from their nostrils whilst eating.[/one_half]
This is due to the general necessity for birds to use an extrarenal mechanism of salt secretion to aid water reabsorption.
“Bateleur” is a French word that translates to “tight-rope walker”. This name describes the bird’s characteristic habit of tipping the ends of its wings when flying, as if catching its balance.
Bateleur is nearly extinct.
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