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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

White Stork - Ciconia ciconia

Taken by my son, Callum.

The white stork is, largely, a carnivorous bird. They are wading birds covered in white feathers, except for the black primary feathers on their wings. They have slender legs that are bright orange and have long, sharp bills. Adults are 100 to 115 cm tall with half this height being made up of the legs. The male of the species is usually larger than the female. White storks inhabit open wetlands, savannahs, meadows, pastures, and agricultural fields. They prefer areas with shallow, standing water. During the breeding season, white storks seek out areas with suitable structures on which to build nests. They especially like sunny areas on tall trees or rooftops. The female will lay three to five eggs which are incubated for 33 to 34 days. The chicks are fed by both parents via regurgitation and will eat up to 60 percent of their body weight each day, until around nine weeks of age when the chicks leave the nest.






36 comments:

  1. I can’t quite make up my mind whether that bill looks more like a scabbard or the sword inside it. I bet it is a weapon to be reckoned with.

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  2. Very beautifu!
    Happy day Crissi

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  3. We have storks in our town, Bob, and when I see one I am reminded of grace. In the air they are incredible. Beautiful images!

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  4. Hi Bob,
    WOW, Great show of images of the White Stork. Superb close-ups!
    Love it!
    Cheers
    Maria

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  5. Hello, Bob! Beautiful captures of the Stork. Have a happy day!

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  6. Hi Bob! I LOVE storks, they are my favorite birds - I think I told you this already in the past. :-) Your photos are so beautiful!

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  7. Yet another beauty - and I am very glad not to be a small invertebrate or fish this morning.

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  8. Bob, that's beautiful, amazing details.

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  9. Hola Bob,buenas imagenes de esta cigüeña blanca,aqui en mi zona se las encuentra a miles y son visitantes de de los vertederos.Un saludo.

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  10. Rather like a heron without markings... well, maybe not. Great picture of this fellow.

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  11. Great shot Callum:)
    We have many storks, here, in Alsace.

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  12. Buenos primeros planos, Bob, tu hilo apunta buenas maneras.

    Saludos.

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  13. Hi Bob,
    These are beautiful pictures of the stork that your son has made.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. I will tell my son you liked it, thanks Irma.

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  14. Hi Bob.

    Beautiful pictures of the Stork.

    Groettie from Patricia.

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  15. A cracking set of images of a lovely bird.

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  16. Hi Bob,
    Superb set of images of the White Stork, well done Callum.
    What a mighty looking bill, I would not look forward to a nip from that.
    Beautiful head shots.
    All the best, John

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  17. Hi Bob,
    Superb portraits, eyes are wonderful.

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  18. Callum has taken some great shots there, Bob. He's obviously been well taught by his dad! That bill looks rather dangerous - I don't think I'd like to get too close! My very best wishes - - - Richard

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  19. Well done to Callum, these are beautiful photographs :)

    All the best Jan

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