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Black Stork

Black Stork
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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 300 4.0L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-29 6:13
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Black Stork
Lat : Cicconia nigra
Tur : Kara leylek

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.
From Wikipedia .

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Hi Akif,
you did many good bird shots but this one must be your top. A masterpiece. Everything is just perfect, POV, DOF, composition, the interesting and are species, the colors, the light, the dynamics. I bow to you, Akif.


Hi Akif,

Lovely colouring and detail on this sharp outstanding image.


This is an amazing shot, not just in terms of sharpness, but also exceptional lighting that has picked out the iridescence on the stork's neck. You must have selected a very good vantage point to get this close and such a good POV. By far the best flight shot of this species I have ever seen. Outstanding! Regards, Nigel.

I agree with the first comment, great scene, great lighting, very well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-29 9:25]

Akif merhaba,
Ne güzel uçar halde yakalamışsın daha önce hiç görmediğim Kara Leyleği.Renkleri kadar kanat hareketi de çok hoş.Ellerine emeğine sağlık.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-29 10:13]

Hello Akif,
Excellent photo of this Black Stork in flight. Sharpness and details are very good and the colours are very beautiful. The whole photo is so natural! Good quality in all aspects.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-29 10:26]

Hello Akif
Excellent capture with vivid colors and great details

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-07-29 11:18]

merhaba akif
bu güzel uçar bu kadar bekletilirmi
türün bütün güzelliğini gösteren nefis bir sunum
eline sağlık

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-07-29 11:20]

Hello Akif

Wonderful shot with natural colors and lighting, the composition is lovely, the pose of this bird is amazing you cught his in the right moment. Excellent sharpness showing all the details.
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-29 11:25]

Hi Akif. This is a fifst class inflight shot of this beautiful bird. You have frozen the moment so well. With sharp focusing and fine detail. With such bright colours on the neck and face. well done TFS.

hello Akif
we coincided in the same subject,very beautiful in flight pose, full with very good colours and details, I like particularly his bent,i like it

hello Akif!
you are a master of these extraordinary catch in flight......... like the post that you publish today,with this beautiful black stork with magnificent details of the head colorful

compliments and thanks sERGIO

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-07-29 14:53]

Merhaba Akif!
Yine pek güzel bir tür ve yine enfes bir çekim. Kıskanmamak elde değil. Başarılarının devamın diliyorum dostum. Yeni karelerde görüşmek üzere...


Hello Akif
very great in-flight shot, the details of this Black Storck are stunning, i like his large wings, his greenish neck and his red beak and eye
the burred BG gives this image a great 3D effect
TFS Jacqueline

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