Standing four feet tall on stilt-like legs, the regal secretary bird may appear from a distance to be a crane. In fact, it is a bird of prey that belongs to the same order as hawks, eagles, and vultures. Though an able flyer, it is one of only two species known to hunt exclusively on the ground, snatching up insects, small mammals, and reptiles with its sharp beak or stomping them to death with its strong feet.
From ferocious birds of prey to shy songbirds, Zuckerman has captured our avian neighbors in fascinating new ways. When asked to speculate on why birds are the object of so much fascination, Zuckerman says, "Firstly, they fly, and secondly, they move so quickly that they become ephemeral."