The white stork
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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 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.
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- [2016-01-06 10:58]
Hi Jiri,beautiful in flight capture of this stork,very sharp despite the fast mouvement and the difficult backlight,a common specie but not often seen on TN in flight so well.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Pin sharp photo with nice natural colors and excellent details. I like this lovely photo taken from a very good POV. Nice contrast against the blue background.
You are doing well with flying birds. Well captured this White Stork. Very good sharpness with splendid light and color in underwing. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,
- [2016-01-07 6:08]
Nice photo of this White Stork. Excellent timing. Good sharpness and natural colors.
Excellent in-flight shot of the white stork, fine POV
and framing, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS
very nice picture with good details
thanks gr lou
- [2016-01-09 6:18]
It is funny, but I saw these birds few time during my whole life. You managed to capture it at a very impressive phase. Exposure is very food and a bit clouded sky is simply amazing and suitable for the main subject. Well done and many thanks for greetings.