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Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 7:58
Viewed: 3384
Points: 6
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This is from my collections during my visit to Nakuru Game reserve. The stork here is taking rest. I hope you like this pic.

The Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, occurring in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially waste tips. It is sometimes called the "undertaker bird," due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes, a large white mass of "hair."

A massive bird, large specimens are thought to reach a height of 150 cm (60 in), a weight of over 9 kg (20 lbs) and have a wingspan of at least 3.5 m (10.5 ft).[2] In the last regard, it shares the distinction of having the largest wingspan of any landbird with the Andean Condor. More typically, these birds measure 120140 cm (4355 in), 225285 cm (89113 in) across the wings, and weigh 4.58 kg (10-18 lbs). Unlike most storks, the three Leptoptilos species fly with the neck retracted like a heron.

The Marabou is unmistakable due to its size, bare head and neck, black back, and white underparts. It has a huge bill, a pink gular sac at its throat, a neck ruff, and black legs and wings. The sexes are alike, but the young bird is browner and has a smaller bill. Full maturity is not reached for up to four years.

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Cioa Sujoy. Efficient managment of the backlight. Very good details.


good light and well captured picture.

Hello Sujoy,
Just last night I watched a TV programme on Lake Nakuro in Kenya showing how the thousands of flamingoes have died and disappeared and that the lake is dead with virtually nothing living in its water. Your photo was taken in December of last year, so it happened in half a year! And the cause: Heavy metals released into the lake by nearby industries. Imagine what is going to happen to people in the area. Thank you for showing us a delightful picture from when the lake was still alive. Best wishes.

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