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Breeding Dance

Breeding Dance
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dynax 5, Minolta AF 75-300
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-27 6:09
Viewed: 5357
Points: 16
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at first, some words about this mini-serie. I was looking on this pair of White Storks through my SLR 35mm camera Minolta viewer, about three hours. And making shots. Today i want to present they breeding dance to your attention. The only thing i regret, is the non-professional quality of my scanner! That thing forced me to make an b&w image!

White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) form loose informal colonies while breeding. Several pairs may nest closely together within sight and sound of one another while appearing completely oblivious to their neighbors. Nine pairs have shared one rooftop in Spain. Though storks form monogamous pairs for the duration of the breeding season, they do not migrate or over-winter together. If the same pair reforms in successive years it is largely due to their strong attachment to their nest site.
Males usually arrive at the nest-site first. A male will greet a newly arriving female with the Head-Shaking Crouch display, as he lowers himself on the nest into the incubating posture, erects his neck ruff and shakes his head from side to side. If the male accepts the new arrival as his mate they will cement their pair bond with an Up-Down display. In this display the birds hold their wings away from their sides and pump their heads up and down. This is often accompanied by bill-clattering. Shorter courtships may indicate that the male and female were paired in previous years.
Nests are huge, bulky affairs constructed of branches and sticks and lined with twigs, grasses, sod, rags, and paper. Though they may be reused year after year, breeding birds will add to the structure each season. Particularly old nests have grown to over 2 m in diameter and nearly 3 m in depth. Some nests have been in continuous use for hundreds of years. Both sexes participate in nest construction with the male bringing most of the material. Completion of the structure is often signaled by the addition of one leafy branch to the edge of the nest.
European Storks have been building their nests on man-made structures since the Middle Ages. They can be found on rooftops, towers, chimneys, telephone-poles, walls, haystacks, and specially constructed nest towers. Many homeowners will add embellishments such as wooden wagon wheels to old chimneys to encourage storks to nest on their houses. Nests can also be found in trees, on cliff-ledges, or occasionally on the ground.
The female usually lays 3-5 eggs, more rarely up to seven. Parents share incubation duties for 33-34 days. Young chicks are covered with white down and have black bills. Both parents feed the young on the nest until they fledge at 8-9 weeks of age. Fledglings may continue to return to the nest site each evening to beg for food from their parents. Young birds reach sexual maturity in their fourth year. Banding records indicate that wild birds can live and reproduce successfully past 30 years of age.

I hope you will appreciate my effort.

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Wonderful composition. In Poland people say that storks are polish birds. But at your photos are more pretty and more interesting than here :-)

Sochirca, Very cool series of B&W showing this "piggy-back" mating action. Superb write-up describing this "Breeding Dance". I've never seen this before. Great post "deud"!!! P.S. I think you should include a note to "click on the image for the larger version" for the viewing public that don't know...

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-27 11:14]

Very nice presentation Sochirca. Good work. Also very interesting post

Excellent B&W. Beautiful set of shots showing and interesting moment full of nice poses. You did very well here. Great LP. The title is a bit overwhelming (big) but it's personal and subjective. Great set!

Great composition, just a bit noisy.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-03 4:45]

Sochirca, excellent triptych, each image is very well done. I think the B&W works very well here. Good selection of poses. Well done.

I like this. The impact in B&W is fantastic! Nice series of photos presented very well. Excellent work! TFS

There is something about you (and us Romanians or Moldavians in general) and the storks ... Anyhow, speaking about this dancing Ciconia did you knew that Madonna`s (the singer) last name is Ciccone as in Italian cicogne is again meaning nothing but ,,stork,, ... :) talkabout mating dance of the storks maybe she shouldve watch that before making the ,,Erotica,, video...

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