<< Previous Next >>

Asian Openbill Stork #3

Asian Openbill Stork #3
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 4:52
Viewed: 4403
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I walked down a rice-field to get this picture. The whole flock flew away after I took this picture. Next stop is a tree top that I will show later.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Anastomus
Species: A. oscitans (นกปากห่าง)

Physical description: Asian Openbill is a small stork with conspicuous gap in its bill. Adult has white plumage in breeding season, and pale grey for rest of the year. Scapulars, flight feathers and tail are black.

Head is white or grey. The open bill is formed by a hollow in the lower mandible. Both mandibles meet at tip. Large, strong bill is pale pinkish-grey. Eyes are dark brown. Lores are greyish to pinkish. Long legs and feet are pinkish to red. Both sexes are similar.

Juvenile have brown tinge, instead white or pale grey. Bill is dark grey with lower mandible almost straight. Gap forms later.

Habitat: Asian Openbill feeds in rice-fields and marshes in freshwater. It breeds near inland wetlands. It lives in shallow marshes and flooded areas.

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Asian Openbill is resident in tropical southern Asia, from India and Sri Lanka, east to south-eastern Asia.

Behaviour: Asian Openbill feeds mainly on molluscs, and particularly freshwater snails, Apple Snails, (genus 'Pila' - Ampullariidae), living in rice-fields and swamps. Prey is located by touch and sight. The gap in the bill allows good grasp of the snail's shell. Asian Openbill walks slowly in shallow water, searching for prey. It extracts snail from the shell, with pointed lower mandible.

For more information: http://www.oiseaux.net/birds/asian.openbill.html

Asian Openbill Stork #2 is Here

Asian Openbill Stork #1 is Here

Time 11.11
ISO 100

ramthakur, Argus, vanderschelden, nirmalroberts, jaycee, Alex99, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: Horizon linejcoowanitwong 1 01-16 05:40
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Each of these Storks is standing in an elegant posture, JC.
The image is well composed with the subjects standing in the middle of a flooded field.
TFS and regards.

Hi Jitti,
This is a nice family portrait :)! You managed exposure well in good POV. Like I said before, I would have been much impressed to see so many of those big birds in real :) Is it me or the horizon line is a little tilted to the left? Thanks,

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-16 5:27]

Hello Jitti,
Fine capture of a group of Open-bill Storks. Nice composition, lighting and POV in a natural habitat. Good to see both adults and juveniles together here.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,

Hello Jitti,
Big meeting apparently on Stork island;-)
Well done

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-16 8:09]

Hi Jitti,
a nice capture of these unusual birds!
They are rarely shown on TN so thanks for sharing this! :)
Great lighting and exposure with a nice pallete of colours.
The clarity is excellent and conserves a lot of detail.
It's a shame the horizon is slightly wonky but I think it could quite easily be straightened.
Great POV.
Well done,

Hello Jitti,
Beautiful capture of this colony of open bills. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 20:28]

Hello Jitti

A lovely display of this flock of openbills.I really like the poses and the way they are looking at you.
Very good illumination with natural colours.
The shot is well composed.


  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-16 21:14]

Hello Jitti,
Just marking today, my classes started so I'm out
of time.. Congratulations for this wonderful presentation
I'll come back tomorrow with a proper critique..


  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-17 1:16]

Hi Jitti,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

  • Great 
  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-17 3:14]

Hello Jitti,

Nice group photo of these Storks with differant postures. Light is handled very nicely here. POV,DOF and compo are good.



  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-17 9:35]

Hi Jitti,

A wonderful scene with this flock of Storks. I love seeing them in the different poses. Colors are wonderful and nice details on all of the storks. The natural setting is just lovely.

Hi Jitti,
A lovely capture of these storks. Very nice composition and well managed exposure and DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello JC,
It is amazing to see this group in the natural habitat!
Well captured, as they are having their lunch break by the riverside...
Well framed, nice details!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-19 8:58]

Hi Jitti.
Excellent clear picture of so attractive scene. I like really crisp sharpness of the image and terrific details, impressive transparency of the picture, great POV and composition. Bravo , my friend. Fine natural shot.

hello Jitti

excellent shot in panorama framing to show us
all those amazing birds, there is a good light on your image
specially on the subjects and the water, i love to see their
reflections on the water and there is 3 of them
who have spotted something on water, lovelly shot, TFS


Calibration Check