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They call me BLACK stork

They call me BLACK stork
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-23 7:15
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Points: 34
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A photo from my archive. In full sunlight the Black Stork is not black, but as you can see it has wonderful metallic colours. Only in the shadow and in cloudy weather itís totally black.

The Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a widespread, but uncommon, species that breeds in the warmer parts of Europe (predominantly in central and eastern regions), across temperate Asia and Southern Africa. This is a shy and wary species, unlike the closely related White Stork. It is seen in pairs or small flocksóin marshy areas, rivers or inland waters. The Black Stork feeds on amphibians and insects.

Taxonomy and etymology
The stork family contains several genera in three major groups: the open-billed and wood storks (Mycteria and Anastomus), the giant storks (Ephippiorhynchus, Jabiru and Leptoptilos), and the "typical storks", Ciconia. The typical storks include the White Stork and six other extant species, which are characterised by straight bills and mainly black and white plumage. Within the genus Ciconia, the black stork's closest relatives are the other European species, the White Stork and its former subspecies, the black-billed Oriental White Stork of east Asia.

The Black Stork was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, where it was given the binomial name of Ardea nigra. It was moved to the new genus Ciconia by French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson two years later. Both the genus and the specific names are Latin; Ciconia is "stork" and nigra is "black".

Slightly smaller than the White Stork, the Black Stork is a large bird, 95 to 100 cm in length with a 145Ė155 cm wingspan, and weighing around 3 kilograms. They can stand as tall as 102 cm. Like all storks, it has long legs, a long neck, and a long, straight, pointed beak. The plumage is all black with a purplish green sheen, except for the white lower breast, belly, axillaries and undertail coverts. The breast feathers are long and shaggy forming a ruff which is used in some courtship displays. The bare skin around its eyes is red, as are its red bill and legs. The sexes are identical in appearance, except that males are larger than females on average.

The juvenile resembles the adult in plumage pattern, but the areas corresponding to the adult black feathers are browner and less glossy. The scapulars, wing and upper tail coverts have pale tips. The legs, bill, and bare skin around the eyes are greyish green. It may be confused with the juvenile Yellow-billed Stork, but the latter has a paler wings and mantle, longer bill, and white under the wings.

It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It has a rasping call, but rarely indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Super mooie foto en haarscherp
prachtig licht en prachtige kleuren
deze staat er weer mooi op
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2014-09-23 8:34]

Hi Peter,very funny title! In effect,why it's called black? It's absolutely beautiful,full of metallic bright colors! A magnificent portrait,very interesting and made with the usual top quality.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter- Beautiful picture of this Black Stork. Very nice colour and good sharpness. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Just as the European Starling I guess ... "it has wonderful metallic colours"...
Hello Peter,
That eye contact and the diagonal beak arrangement blew me away.
Your title suites this POV quite well.
Best and most kind regards,
Mario from Canada.
P.S. Will try and start posting again, perhaps this week.

Hello Peter. Great shot. Super Sharp and beautifull colours too. Thanks for the magnific note.

Ciao Peter, great portrait of beautiful bird, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
Ek stem saam met Mario aangaande die samestelling en die weerkaatsende kleure is fantasties. Ek het gelees dat die kleure van voŽls se vere deur ligweerkaatsing veroorsaak word en selde deur pigmentering, en hier is 'n goeie voorbeeld daarvan. Eintlik wil ek net terugsit en dit geniet om hierdie wonderlike beeld te aanskou. Jou nota is baie insiggewend en ek dink jy moet 'n ekspert wees met betrekking tot voŽls. Volgens jou beskrywing kom hierdie spesie warskynlik ook hier by ons voor maar kan ek nie onthou dat ek dit al hier gesien het nie, moontlik omdat ek nie 'n kenner van voŽls is nie. Welgedaan.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 54] (581)
  • [2014-09-23 23:33]

Hi Peter
A lovely portrait of the Black stork, I did not know it is such a colorful bird when viewed close-up.
Well done!

The rally shows the colors in those feathers and the beak. Many birds that appear dully black reflect a rainbow of colors in the right light. Nice shot that demonstrates this effect, Peter.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-09-24 6:36]

Shalom Peter,

Superb image, showing the photonics of the bird's feathers at its very best with amazing details!

Well done, indeed!


Hello Peter,
A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast. Nice details and clarity. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing this interesting capture. The shinning feathers are superb.

This is an OUT OF THE WORLD shot with OUTSTANDING details and superb exposure.GREAT IMAGE.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2014-09-25 2:37]

Hallo Peter,
Superb eye focus and great clarity..
Fantastic colors-lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2014-09-25 3:01]

Excellent picture of this beautiful bird. What a great color! Congratulation.

Hello Peter,
stunningly colourful portrait, perfectly approached and cropped, offering remarkable details and the delightful iridescence of feathers that would regularly be described as just being of black color. Outstanding presentation. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-28 17:23]

Hello Peter,
At this angle and under the right lighting we can clearly see how beautiful this bird actually is. The iridescent colors are truly a sight to behold and the detail is impeccable.
This example reminds me of one of the first close-up images I had seen of a European Starling. I was amazed at the array of colors in their plumage, because I had always thought they were just black. Great shot!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:23]

Hi Peter,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird. Gorgeous colours and details
with nice background.
Regards Jiri.

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