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White stork

White stork
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-06-10 12:09
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No butterfly from my holiday in Uzbekistan, fortunately I met many storks with the little ones, who have occupied long rows of light poles, there are so many. Here I show you a close-up photo, while in the WS you can see the complete light pole.

Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Ciconia
Species:C. ciconia

The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in size, breed in Europe (north to Finland), northwestern Africa, southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan) and southern Africa. The white stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa, or on the Indian subcontinent. When migrating between Europe and Africa, it avoids crossing the Mediterranean Sea and detours via the Levant in the east or the Strait of Gibraltar in the west, because the air thermals on which it depends for soaring do not form over water.

A carnivore, the white stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water. It is a monogamous breeder, but does not pair for life. Both members of the pair build a large stick nest, which may be used for several years. Each year the female can lay one clutch of usually four eggs, which hatch asynchronously 33–34 days after being laid. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs and both feed the young. The young leave the nest 58–64 days after hatching, and continue to be fed by the parents for a further 7–20 days.

The white stork has been rated as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It benefited from human activities during the Middle Ages as woodland was cleared, but changes in farming methods and industrialisation saw it decline and disappear from parts of Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Conservation and reintroduction programs across Europe have resulted in the white stork resuming breeding in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden. It has few natural predators, but may harbour several types of parasite; the plumage is home to chewing lice and feather mites, while the large nests maintain a diverse range of mesostigmatic mites. This conspicuous species has given rise to many legends across its range, of which the best-known is the story of babies being brought by storks.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-06-10 22:32]

There it reminds the brand of a cigarette in old days the next was a visit to Turkey there seen this bird, you are lucky to have such close look. Nice shot.

Ciao Luciano, bella scenetta di famiglia, ottimi dettagli e buona nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Luciano,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des Cigognes dans leur nid. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Luciano,
So, you're in Uzbekistan now... Great photos of the nests on the poles (+ of the mature/immature birds, obviously ☺). In my home country, Hungary storks are also nesting on light poles (sometimes on chimneys) in the villages. It's so good to see them on TrekNature, so, thanks a lot for sharing your images. Have a nice holiday!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2018-08-29 7:59]

Hi Luciano, well exposed and sharp photo of the White Stork on its nest. Very good information on this lovely bird also.

What an amazing and professional wild life messages....a fantastic and touching poster from miles away,

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