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Walk like an Egyptian

Walk like an Egyptian
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Johannesburg Zoo
Date Submitted: 2004-09-07 4:04
Viewed: 4023
Points: 22
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White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Migration paths
There are two routes that are used by the storks to get to their winter habitats, starting at some time in August. One can distinguish between storks that use the eastern and storks that use the western route.

The ones using the eastern route (the storks living in our region) start in Germany and fly via the Balkan Mountains, Bosporus, Israel, Turkey, the Sinai peninsula or following the Nile River to South Africa.

The storks using the western route fly via France, Spain, Gibraltar to the northern and western parts of Africa.

It's quite a long way to cope with. The passage to South Africa, for example, takes eight to fifteen weeks, during those the stork covers between 150 and 300 kilometres daily. The stork returns to its brooding habitat between the end of March and the beginning of April.

The white stork stands on top of the food pyramid, which means he himself does not have any direct enemies in his brooding habitat. Weak storks, however, can become the victims of animals like foxes and martens. The stork's food consists of worms, insects, small rodents and mammals up to the size of a rat (first of all mice), amphibians (e. g. frogs), reptiles (snakes, lizards) and fish.

Our storks arrive in Germany at the end of March / beginning of April. The young storks depart for warmer climate from Germany in the middle of August and adult storks at the end of August. On average they lay 2-5 eggs. Duration for brooding takes 30-32 days. Each brood hatches at most 5 chicks.

This stork enjoyed to be photographed. Once I started taking pictures he started to play with stuff in his pen. He picked up a twig threw in the air and the charged it with the display seen in the photo. As he charged he jumped up and down. It was absolutely amazing to watch him at it. For more info on the venue please refer to the travelogue.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2004-09-07 5:17]

Great shot of this bird - which some Danes concider being a national bird. Too bad but there's not many couples left which got kids on the wings (only 1 or 2 each year) - thanks for sharing this fine pose - surely a good catch you done.

Very good one Gerhard,
It just like he make a danche special for you, very good capture of this ooievaar, in Dutch. Mooie kleuren en een goede note, erg goed gedaan.

What a fitting title - and a good imagination to spot it. As Jeppe says, we consider this our national bird, and according to Hans Christian Andersen it spends the winters in Egypt - so there you are. A fine shot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-07 8:56]

You should have cloned out the grass and cloned in a tightrope. Seiously, it's a very good capture and fantastic note. Well done Gerhard. (I'll be posting a nice spider picture for just you in the next day or two).

Gerhard, Very fitting title/caption for your stork..I think how a photo is titled makes all the difference in that all-important first impression. This photo made me think of the Karate Kid movie... Now if the stork could just get a leg-up!! ;-))

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-07 11:08]

I thought this guy was looking for landmines. Very good note supporting this and your heading adds to the impact of the shot. Thanks for posting.

Hermosa ave... buena perspectiva y colorido.
Grandiosa la pose del ave y tus notas son excelentes.
Me atreví a realizar un Workshop, presentando otra visión de la misma imagen... espero sea de tu agrado.

Beautiful bird... good colorful and perspective.
Huge the pose of the bird and your notes are excellent.
I dared to make a Workshop, presenting another vision of the same image... I hope is you like it.

Very nice action shot, Gerhard. Pity they have to clip the wing to prevent him flying away. Good note too.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-07 14:45]

Its a great shot.
A very nice action capture with a great title and note.
Very well done.

Fun and fitting title for this capture of the stork, Gerhard. A good posing you got indeed, that lets us see the beautiful underside of the wings. The diagonal compo and the space the bird has to "walk into" are very nice, and the colors are great.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-07 15:56]

A great shot, Gerhardt!
Great sharpness and colors.
The french country where we can find this big bird is called "Alsace".
Interesting note too.
Good job!

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