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Endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork

Endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1999-12-20
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 11:28
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I found this Lesser Adjutant Stork perched on a houseboat on (Lake) Tonle Sap, near Ankor Wat in Cambodia. Presumably it was scavenging for scraps.

The Lesser Adjutant Stork, Leptoptilos javanicus, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae and has extensive range across South and South-East Asia. It was formerly common and widespread, but has declined drastically, with a current population estimate of 5,000 birds. Substantial populations remain only in India (mostly in Assam, where c.2,000 birds1), Indonesia (c.2,000 in 1993, the majority on Sumatra) and Cambodia (probably >200 pairs).Smaller breeding populations populations exist elsewhere in SE Asia.

The Lesser Adjutant Stork is a huge bird, typically 110-120 cm (43-48 in) tall, weighing about 5 kg (11 lbs) and has a 210 cm (83 in) wingspan. It is, however, the smallest member of the Leptoptilos genus. Its upper body and wings are black, but the belly and undertail are white. The head and neck are bare like those of a vulture. The pale bill is long and thick. Juveniles are a duller version of the adult.

Most storks fly with neck outstretched, but the three Leptoptilos species retract their neck in flight like a heron.

The Lesser Adjutant breeds in wetlands in tropical lowland. It builds a stick nest in trees. It often forms small colonies.

The Lesser Adjutant, like most of its relatives, feeds mainly on frogs and large insects, but also young birds, lizards and rodents. It will also eat carrion, for which its bare head and neck is an adaptation.

The situation of the Lesser Adjutant contrasts strongly with its African relative, the Marabou Stork which is thriving and has found a niche scavenging around towns and cities.

This is a scanned slide, taken with a Canon EOS 5 and Fuji 100 asa slide film.

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Nice picture, some more technical details would be welcome (camera lens etc)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-13 11:34]

Hello James, what a nice picture of this Stork, I have never seem one of this, the details and collor are amazing, very sharp too you did a fantastic job..well done..

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-13 11:48]

What a beautiful portrait of this Stork! The bird has got a very interesting pose and the look in it's eyes is just perfect. I think it follows your steps very carefully.

The colours makes me think it's an evening/morning shot... right?

Thanks for sharing this great photo/ Bengt

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-13 12:10]

Hello James,
Interesting photo of this Stork. Beautiful colours and pose. You can see very well that it is a family-member of the African Marabou. This bird is not really endangered, but vulnerable.
TFS, Peter

Hello James,
This is a very good capture of this strange looking Stork! I have seen them before but I think that they look very unusual :) They look like a mix between a Stork and a Vulture! POV, composition, details and colors are very good. TFS this interesting picture!

At 120cm, Lesser Adjutant Stork is a fairly large bird, James.
I wonder why it is called Adjutant.

This is a very impressive portrait of the bird you captured 8 years ago in Cambodia. The view from the rear shows its plumage very well and with its head turned slightly, the bird offers a clear view of its head and neck too.
Your short and precise note is very informative as usual.
Thanks and best regards.

Hi James,
This is a very impressive presentation!
I like the imponent pose of the stork, and the eye contact.
Very good the tall vertical composition to fit the bird and their long legs.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-13 15:13]

Hi James. This is a bird i have not seen before. your shot shows good colour and detail. with good eye contact. well done TFs. Nick..

Hello James this is awsome shot the POV the level of detail and focus is excellent and I love the light plenty of detail in the black good work tfs rgds necip.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-13 16:08]

Interesting stork species, James. Never seen one like this. Excellent photo in warm light. Regards,

Hi James,

This is an impressive bird and a really nice colorful presentation of it. The vertical format works well. I did a quick workshop to see if the contrast could be toned down a bit. It may be my monitor but a lot of your images appear a tad contrasty????

Don't feel obliged to answer but I sure am curious how it is that you travel so broadly. Is it work related or just an insatiable desire to see the world? I'm sure there are a whole bunch of us here that would love to tag along!

Evelynn : )

Hi James.
Interseting bird. Nice DOF and very hard angle to get this all in. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-13 20:57]

Hello James

This fellow looks like an old butler.Well composed with good use of lighting.Very good details and colours.The plumage shows very well.TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-14 7:12]

Hi James

Well, i must be honest and say that i really don't find this bird as beautiful, but the shot here and the compo you created are terrific. The dark plumage and the look of the head and beak of this stork really make it creepy :) They could use it in a film :))
Other than that, the details are nice (maybe just a bit soft, but no big deal), the exposure is spot-on and the DOF is impeccable.

Bravo and TFS

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-14 8:16]

Hello James,
Do you ever wonder what could have happened to this very stork u got to pose for you back in 1999?
QUite a sad story this....but a very nice capture ....the tones do give a different era feeling and i confimred it with the dates.....the another era feeling rings true with the title tag on extinction.
Very good eye contact and colours and light ..
TFS & Cheers

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-14 9:22]

Hi James,
Beautiful pose of an interesting bird. I liked the POV, eye contact and the warm ligthing. TFS

hi james,

very great shot


Hi James,

what a strange looking fellow. He looks like he's been dragged through a hedge!

Great shot.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-15 3:43]

Wow, James... What an impressive bird!
I certainly will go to great lengths to stay on his good side.
Very sharp details and a wide range of values on the dark plumage.
Awesome beak.
He certainly offered you his better side and good eye contact.
TFS. : )

nice shot.
Brilliant colors.
The POV from below gives a majestic effect to he bird.
The presence of the house behind is a small nit, but not disturbing.

TFS this bird and interesting info, Ori

Dear James. Fantastic picture. I had never seem one of these. You were so lucky! Thanks to share such an amazing picture. Well done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-29 1:04]

Hi James,
a brilliant shot.
Sharp and detailed and well composed.
Well done,

Hi james a great stork potrait
I have never seen a stork like tha looks more like a deat eater but no as a stork
well focused and nice colours
I like it
tfs Toba

Hi James
Nice photo

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  • henkv (67)
  • [2009-11-26 4:24]

Very well done, nice capture with shine in the eye.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2011-01-04 14:51]

Excellent detail on this portrait. The low-angled light add to the orange coloration on the head contrasting well with the sky background.

Nice work


Hi James,
thank you for the beautiful photo and the interesting information.
Keep up the good work!
Kind regards

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