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Black Stork

Black Stork
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-03 6:45
Viewed: 3182
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from my Lesvos archive of last May. The photo is taken in the late afternoon.

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 on 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.

The Black Stork is a strong migrant, wintering in tropical Africa and India. However, the Iberian population is resident. The Black Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird, which relies on thermals of hot air for long distance flight. Since thermals only form over land, storks, together with large raptors, must cross the Mediterranean at the narrowest points, and many Black Storks can be seen going through the Bosporus. They fly approximately 100 to 250 km a day with daily maxima up to 500 km.

Western Migration
About 10 percent of the western storks choose the passage Sicily - Cap Bon, Tunisia. The common route goes over Gibraltar. Many birds are fly around the Sahara next to the coast. Most birds are wintering in the wetlands of Nigeria or Mali.

Eastern Migration
The eastern birds take the route Bosphorus-Sinai-Nile to Africa. Birds that summer in Siberia winter in northern and northeastern India.

Time of Migration
The storks migrate from the middle of August to the end of September. They come back in the middle of March.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-03 6:50]

Hello Peter,
very nice portrait of this bird,the perfect position of light and the colors are fantastics,very good the background too.Best regards Siggi

Never knew there WAS a black stork!! Thankful you are sharing it with us! Great detail with the feathers; hard to do with such a dark bird..amazing shot

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details & natural setting. Well composed & presented with a great POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Peter

The magic of the late evening golden light is so evident in this photo..Gives the plummage very different and rich hues.

Hello Peter,
Fabulos capture of this interesting species and beautiful photo with good compozition,nice colours and very good sharpness.

A very fine moment captured with extraordinary skill in the mellow afternoon light, Peter. Such light has the advantage of giving a rather saturated look to the colours. This Stork otherwise too is a handsome creature and it looks really charming in this picture with its attention focused on the surface of water, apparently in a look out for food.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely stork in nice walking pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Peter,
a fantastic picture of this colourful bird.
the sharpness, colour and composition is outstanding, i like it.
best wishes MF.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-03 8:48]

Hi Peter,there is a special light into this pic,it's late afetrnoon as you wrote and this is a magic touch for this magnificent composition.A very nice specie and a top class capture whit impressive details and bright colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Remarkable capture of a lovely species wich I never meet in my country. Outstanding composition, sharpness and fantastic details. Perfect WB and exposure. The contrast against the background is very nice. Outstanding clarity and good details. A superb image.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-10-03 9:26]

Lovely capture of a fine specimen of a black stork. The late pm light and the contrast of dark water and white pebbles in the background add to the beauty of the pic.



amazing reds against the black, TFS Ori

Hallo Peter
super mooie opname met veel details mooi licht en super mooie kleuren
groet lou

Hi Peter,
what a nice and interesting bird. Great sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Peter. Great time here. Magnificent brigh colours and managment of light. Perfect details.


Ciao Peter.
Stupendo esemplare di cicogna nera,grandi dettagli dovuti alla eccellente nitidezza,bellissimi i colori con le loro sfumatura,molto bella bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Great photo Peter! Nice pose, very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

Bom dia Peter
This year I could only see them at great distance.But discovered the nesting place.Super shy birds.Fantastic capture You did.Great pose,wonderful bright colours and impressive sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-04 5:33]

Hello Peter,
You had a very fine evening-light to make this shot. It illuminates so well this dark Stork, showing all the nuances of its plumage. And the red parts are very luminous too. Interesting natural surroundings too.
Kind regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2012-10-04 7:22]

Impressive capture Peter! Great pose and those reds are very eye catching. Technically very well done too, great job.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-05 6:29]

Hello Peter
What a beautiful closed up.Well composed image with excellent POV.Colors and light are great as usual the imigae is razor sharp with excellent plumage details.
TFS Michel

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-10-05 13:06]

Hi Peter,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful shy stork.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-05 20:14]

Hello Peter,
What an interesting looking stork with very unusual colors and unique markings. Love the shiny iridescent feathers on it's otherwise black body. I also admire the intense look on his face as he searches for dinner.

Hello Peter.

Thank you for that picture of the black cigonia.

Excellent composition, with the succession of water, the bird, the rocks.
Good point of view showing the natural attitude of the bird.

Sharpness excellent. Depth of field properly managed, with a background not to present.

Excellent management of the light from the end of the day.

All the best.


a very good snapshot of your visit in Greece with this great bird, nice close shot and excellent colors!
regards Peter

Hello Peter,
excellent picture, excellent sharpness and POV
Hello Vanni

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of the Black Stork shot at the
best moment of his pose, beautiful play
of light and shadows, TFS


Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture,excellent sharp details and nice colour. Very perfect balanced exposure.
My regards_Joy

Hi Peter
Wonderful light in this capture of a Black Stork. Super catch of the detail in the plumage. I really like the composition and the POV.
Best regards

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