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Abdim's Stork

Abdim's Stork
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 3:24
Viewed: 1508
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Tom and Peter for the correct specifications is Abdim´s Stork.

The Abdim's Stork, (Ciconia abdimii) also known as White-bellied Stork, is a black stork with grey legs, red knees and feet, grey bill and white underparts. It has red facial skin in front of eye and blue skin near the bill in breeding season. It is the smallest species of stork (but still a large bird), at 73 cm (29 in) and a weight of just over 1 kg (2.2 lbs). The female lays two to three eggs and is slightly smaller than male.
The Abdim's Stork is distributed to open habitats throughout Eastern Africa, from Ethiopia south to South Africa. Its diet consists mainly of locusts, caterpillars and other large insects, although the birds will also eat small reptiles, amphibians, mice, crabs and eggs.
Among the smallest storks, this species is welcomed and protected by local African belief as a harbinger of rain and good luck. The name commemorates the Turkish Governor of Wadi Halfa in Sudan Bey El-Arnaut Abdim (1780–1827).
Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Abdim's Stork is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] It is the subject of a nationally-coordinated breeding program in the United States; the Population Management Plan for this species is administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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鳥照的很清晰 很美麗的特寫鏡頭
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Hi Siggi,
Wonderful to see this uncommon stork! Excellent DOF, nice POV, superb sharp details, gorgeous composition, and perfect natural colors. I like the blurry green BG as well. Very well done, my friend, and thanks. Have a beautiful day!

hallo Siegfried
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Siegfried,
A very nice close image with a rare bird in my region.....Very shy bird and difficult to shoot with the camera. The details are impressive.

Hi Siggy
nice portrait of an ABDIM'S STORK an intra-african migrant and close related to Black Stork

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-21 7:48]

Hello Siggi,
Tom is right about the ID. This is a Abdim's Stork, ciconia abdimii.
But the portrait is very beautiful. Great sharpness, details and a very attractive pose. Beautiful colours and a fine composition.

Ciao Siggi, fantastic portrait of lovely cormorant, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderul natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-21 11:19]

Hi Siggi,the black plumage in the sun is reallt perfect,a great portait whit the best sharpnes and colors,the eye details are really fantastic.Have a nice evening and thanks,luciano

Hello Siggi,
An outstanding portrait of an Abdim's Stork,captured with great details,very well exposed and excellent clarity.TFS.

What a coll looking stork!! We don't have anything here looking like this!! What an exceptional presentation; sharp detail with feathers so vibrant. Curious to see where they are breeding this guy in the US. Haven't ever seen one before!! TFS!!

Hello Siggi,
What a great portrait of this stork. Excellent definition and beautiful colours and textures. May I suggest cloning out the OOF bit of white background just above the tip of the bill? I think it will be an improvement but very good as is. Best wishes.

Hello Peter,
Very well captured image of this White-bellied Stork.
Good sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-22 5:15]

this is a very nice cute black stork, thanks Siegfried..

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