The Ludwig’s Bustard Neotis ludwigii is one of the large terrestrial birds occurring in southern Africa. Normally one does not get near enough to take proper photos as these birds are very skittish and normally fly off if you are still in the distance. After studying them for the better part of a day, I went out and set up a camtrap or two in the area they were foraging to take these pictures. Taken near Laingsburg, Western Cape, South Africa.
Male birds can weigh up to 4.4 kg and females 2.5 kg. They stand up to 88 cm tall. The Red Data Listing of this species is vulnerable (VU). For the current distribution of this species in southern Africa, see the current SABAP2 distribution map.