Stalking the grassy plains of sub-Saharan Africa on impossibly long legs, the Secretary Bird is one of the most captivating birds of prey in the world. Standing over a meter tall, the Secretary Bird appears to be a cross between an eagle and a crane, topped with bizarre plumes on the back of its head that blow around expressively in the wind. Skilled at catching snakes, rodents, and other birds, this unique bird of prey typically stomps on its prey and often swallows it whole. It roosts and nests in the tops of acacia trees and generally spends the entire day hunting in pairs or small family groups. I've encountered Secretary Birds a handful of times in Northern Tanzania, most memorably while on safari in Serengeti National Park as pictured below.