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Black Stork, Corbett Park

Black Stork, Corbett Park
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 3:01
Viewed: 4369
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rare sight of Black Storks (Ciconia nigra) with prominent Red Bills at Jim Corbett National Park, India.

For detail image Refer: Black Stork
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Ciconia
Species: C. nigra

The Black Stork Ciconia nigra is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.

It is a widespread, but rare, species that breeds in the warmer parts of Europe, predominantly in central and eastern regions.

This is a large bird, nearly 1 m tall with a 1.8 m wingspan, weighing around 3 kilograms. It is all black except for the white belly and axillaries, and its red bill and legs. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.

It breeds in large marshy wetlands with interspersed coniferous or broadlived woodlands, but also inhabits hills and mountains with sufficient network of creeks. It builds a stick nest high in trees. This is a shy and wary species, unlike the closely related White Stork.

The Black Stork, feeds mainly on fish and also amphibians and insects.

It has a rasping call, but rarely indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

The Black Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Storks differ from other birds in that they have no muscles in their voice boxes. They communicate by rattling their bills. They are all strong flyers and alternately flap and glide across the sky. Fossil records date storks back some 50 million years, making them an ancient group of birds.

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Hi Mr. Subhash,
A nice capture of these Saddle billed Storks of Jim Corbett NP. Very well composed against the sky. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Subhash! Great work. Great idea. Great effect. Good contrast. Ideal frame. Well done!

Hi Subhash, an excellent shot of these plenty storks which they perched on a dried tree's branches with a nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

hello Subhash

excellent photography of these Black Storks
perched high on the trees, excellent effect
of silhouettes the Storks with the branches
againts the sky, TFS


hello Dr.sab

this shot looks like a beautiful painting, i liked the pov and the composition, the frmaing works well here, the sky makes fine bg,
tfs & regards

Eight Black Storks within the frame, all perched on a barren tree, Subhash. The composition is quite appealing.
However, I would have preferred a close-up image of this species to observe finer details of its features.
Maybe you would get one next time.
Thanks, all the same, and best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-09 9:49]

Hello Doctor, You managed to shoot this entire bird in single frame which is very good and well presented. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-10 4:28]

Hello Subhash.
A nice composition of some Black Storks on a bare dead tree showing their features quite well against a plain sky.
I don't think I have ever seen as many as eight Black Storks on the same image or in the wild.
Thanks for sharing this,
Best regards,

Hello Subhash !
In my land we have white storks, but no black storks - they are very bautiful, too. I like this tree full of storks, and how birds and branches stand out on the pale greyish BG. Nice composition, excellent POV. Very well done !

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