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open billed stork

open billed stork
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-21
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 10:24
Viewed: 4225
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill Stork, Anastomus oscitans, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Southeast Asia.
Asian Openbill Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It is relatively small for a stork at 68 cm length. They breed near inland wetlands and build stick nest in trees, typically laying 2-6 eggs.
Breeding adults are all white except for the black wing flight feathers, red legs and dull yellow-grey bill. The mandibles do not meet except at the tip, and this gives rise to the species' name. Non-breeding adults have the white of the plumage replaced by off-white. Young birds have brown tinge to the plumage.
The Asian Openbill Stork, like most of its relatives, walks slowly and steadily on the ground, feeding on molluscs,fish, frogs and large insects.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Anastomus
Species: A. oscitans
Binomial name
Anastomus oscitans

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-26 10:42]

Hi Arjun,
a very well done and rendered shot.
This macro with superb details and excellent light.
Although this stork is moving, you did a very good composition.
Have a great WE,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-26 11:04]

Hola Arjun.
Bello momento capturado en esta foto. Interesantes y finos detalles en la imagen y de gran calidad y nitidez e iluminacion.
Saludos Arjun.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-26 11:29]

Hello Arjun,
Very nice photo of this Asian Openbilled Stork in flight. A bird I don't see very much on TN. Excellent quality in good sharpness, details and natural colours. Beautiful OOF BG and composition.

Hello Arjun,
Very good image of this bird who has good details and natural colors for a bird in flight. Well done!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-26 23:24]

Hi Arjun
What a lovely stork!
Great details in fly!
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-31 11:22]

Hello Arjun,

Splendid position, open wings, long legs and fantastic beak.
This macro with superb details and excellent light.
Very well composition, nice blurred background. TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Arjun,
Incredible shot indeed. Beautifully presented details in the both highlights and shadows.Correctly chosen shutter speed and perfect white balance! Well done!
George Veltchev

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