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Yellow Billed Stork Preening

Yellow Billed Stork Preening
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-04 0:38
Viewed: 3526
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It must be difficult to do a good job of preening with that long beak. I have usually seen these birds in the water busy looking for food and then it's beak is almost completely submerged, I posted this as more of the beak is shown.
The Afrikaans name is Nimmersat.

Yellow-billed Stork
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The Yellow-billed Stork, Mycteria ibis, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It occurs Africa South of Sahara and in Madagascar. Its a medium-sized stork. Length: 97 cm; average body weight for males: 2.3 kg; for females: 1.9 kg. Plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail; bill yellow, blunt, and decurved at tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs.

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A nice pic of the Stork Preening. We do not get many on TN of the birds engaging in such activity. The BG assists in the subject standing out against it and enables you to show good detail of the subject through the DOF and BG. Well composed pic too.


Hi, Robin,

nice capture! I like the pose of this bird a lot. tfs.

Man Yee

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-04 7:28]

Hello Robin,
New species for me, thanks for that and this beautiful image, very well done Robin.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-04 9:52]

Hi Robin,

I am sure I have never seen a Yellow Billed before. Love that red face! You caught him at a good moment - I don't think he would be able to reach much further than that.


Hello Robin,
I don't think this is Harry from the Sunset dam as the former is always busy fishing and has no time for preening.
It's very nice to see his 'brother'.
Thanks for sharing and greetings,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 9:20]

Hello Robin,
Excellent capture of this Yellow-billed Stork preening itself. Great details and beautiful light and colours. Very nicely composed too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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