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Black Stork

Black Stork
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-06 11:03
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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 shy and wary species, unlike the closely related White Stork. It is seen in pairs or small flocks—in marshy areas, rivers or inland waters. The Black Stork feeds on amphibians and insects.
Slightly smaller than the White Stork, the Black Stork is a large bird, 95 to 100 cm (37–39 in) in length with a 145–155 cm (5 ft) wingspan, and weighing around 3 kilograms (6.6 lb). 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.
During the summer, the Black Stork is found from Eastern Asia (Siberia and China) west to Central Europe, reaching Estonia in the north, Poland, Lower Saxony and Bavaria in Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Greece in the south, with an outlying population in Spain. They are nowhere abundant in these western parts of their distribution, but more densely inhabit the eastern Transcaucasus.
The Black Stork is a strong migrant, wintering in tropical Africa and India. A broad-winged soaring bird, the Black Stork is assisted by thermals of hot air for long distance flight, although are less dependent on them than the White Stork. 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.
Preferring more wooded areas than the better known White Stork, the Black Stork breeds in large marshy wetlands with interspersed coniferous or broadleaved woodlands, but also inhabits hills and mountains with sufficient network of creeks. It does inhabit more areas in the Caspian lowlands.
The storks migrate from the middle of August to the end of September. They return in the middle of March. 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. The eastern birds take the route Bosphorus-Sinai-Nile to Africa. Birds that summer in Siberia winter in northern and northeastern India.
The Black Stork builds a stick nest high in trees. It nests in Central Europe in April to May, and is a winter visitor to northern India, Nepal east to Myanmar.
Black Stork parents have been known to kill one of their young, generally the smallest, in times of food shortage to reduce brood size and hence increase the chance of survival of the remaining nestlings. Stork nestlings do not attack each other, and their parents' method of feeding them (disgorging large amounts of food at once) means that stronger siblings cannot outcompete weaker ones for food directly, hence parental infanticide is an efficient way of reducing brood size. Despite this, this behaviour has not commonly been observed.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-06 11:12]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent photo of this Black Stork in good sharpness, details and DOF. Beautiful saturated colours. Taken from a nice low POV in a pleasing composition.

Impressive photo Mircea! Beautiful bird, nice pose, excellent composition and great sharpness! The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-06 11:15]

Hi Mircea,spectacular capture of this black stork,not common as the white brother.Beautiful and elegant position and fantastic sharpness and colors,the eye details are really fantastics! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Mircea. Perfect contrast with fantatico brillinat colours. Sharp and details are excellente MF.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-06 11:35]

Hello Mircea.
A lovely capture of this beautiful stork. Excellent composition and sharp details. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Mircea.
Splendida foto di questa cicogna nera, con una nitidezza incredibile,ottimi i colori ben definiti,molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Mircea, great capture of fantastic black stork, beautiful natural ambientation, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Easter week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Mircea,
What a fantastic capture of this Black Stork which I think is rare to see. I like the reflection in the water. The colors are stunningly beautiful.
Great details. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-06 13:06]

Hello Mircea,
A very fine capture of a Black Stork. The POV is ideal and taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition as it wades in the water.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Mircea,

This is an excellent capture with lovely colors, pose & details. Very well done & TFS.



Buna Mircea,
frumoasa lumina ai prins pe ea! :)
toate cele bune!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-06 14:18]

Another splendid image, Mircea!!
Excellent sharpness and great POV; beautiful light and colours. A beauty!!

Hello Mircea,
wonderful capture of a Black Stork with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like the fine eye contact and the blurred reflections on the water.
Best wishes,

Hello Mircea,

Whoever termed them a black stork are either colour blind & have never heard of TN. Jokes apart, an wonderful image bringing forth the satin like qualities of the plumage, rainbow (yes rainbow) colours & crispy eyes behind the red pincer bill. Thanks for sharing,


amazing light and cotrast, TFS Ori

Hi Mircea.
Very nice photo of this black stork. Nice colours. Very good composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-07 6:21]

Beautiful species in good composition, lovely colors. tfs.

Salut Mircea,
Perfecta ca de obicei.....Detaliile si culorile sunt extrem de bine redate. Imi place luciul nuantat al penajului. Seamana cu luciul penajului de la nagat....si acela are reflexii in mai multe nuante. Focusul si pozitia pasarii sunt excelente.
Numai bine!

Bonjour Mircea,
Agréable valorisation du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-11 22:24]

Hi Mircea.
I like your wonderful picture. Subject is simply sweet as well as splendid BG, created by water surface an d colourful, nicely exposures and details image of the bird. Wello done and TFS.

Hallo Mircea
This is such a striking bird with prominent features which you captured beautifully. I like the natural sunlight in the image very much. I also fancy the point of view and the composition. The different colours in the Stork's feathers as well seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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