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Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-05 6:03
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A photo of a Yellow-billed Stork from my archive, taken in Senegal. This photo is taken out of a small boat.

Scientific Name: Mycteria ibis

Geographical Range: Tropical Africa; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar

Habitat: Aquatic habitats, including shallow lakes, mud flats, coastal lagoons and meadows.

Diet: Feeds on crustaceans, small fish, frogs, insects and worms.

Physical Description:
Adult male yellow-billed storks have a smooth forehead and their face is orangey-red. Their bills are long and thick at the base. It is also slightly curved at the tip and bright yellow, hence their name. Their necks are also long and slender and grayish white. The rest of their body including their back, belly and breast is solid white with a small hint of pink on the tips of their feathers. Their tail and wing quills are black The yellow-billed storks legs vary from a dark red to a light pink color and are long and skinny. It’s hard to believe that their legs can support their plump, round bodies. The female storks are a lot like the male storks, however the females are smaller.

Social Organization:
The yellow-billed storks do not flock in large social groups. These storks do not socialize much with one another either. These wading birds like to isolate themselves in swamps, muddy rivers and other large areas of shallow, marshy waters. These birds move around slowly and deliberately. The yellow-billed storks are extremely inactive, they rest and feed for most of the day.

Special Adaptations:
The yellow-billed storks have remarkable adaptation. These birds are know to have the quickest muscular reflex of the neck, allowing almost all food to be caught in the water. Their long, narrow, curve tipped bills allow them only to catch small prey such as small fish, frogs, insects and worms passing by in the water. Yellow-billed storks are intelligent birds. These birds created a technique to help them catch more prey in the water. They typically use one foot to stir up the water or mud which disturbs and flushes out the prey. Then they submerge their heads quickly in the water snapping their bills on small prey. Yellow-billed storks bills are great fishing tools.

Reproductive Behavior:
The female yellow-billed storks approaches the courtship among the male yellow-billed storks. Together they build a bulky nest made of sticks and the male chooses where the nest is to be built. The two storks work vigorously together to build a nest and can do so within 7-10 days. These nests are usually built high in trees away from predators. The storks breed almost year round. At breeding colonies the storks make a hissing sound. Incubation period can last up to 30 days and between 2-3 eggs are laid on alternate days.

Source: Whozoo.org

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-05 6:20]

Beautiful image of this yellow billed stork..good composition and looks like its busy in the waters..tfs.

Bonjour Peter,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the Yellow-billed Stork
with in the same time environmental of its habitat,
fine POV, DOF, and framing, beautiful eye-contact,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Peter,
Another impressive capture,great sharpness and details,nice pose framed within a lovely composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Peter,
Outstanding photograph of stork, outstanding sharpness and details, excellent composition, good background.

Hallo Peter
super mooie foto met veel details
goed van scherpte en super natuurlijke kleuren

Ook toevallig dat je daar in de buurt woont
er is daar een weggetje met knotwilgen waar ze overwinteren ,daar heb ik er verleden jaar 9 zien zonnen
Nog bedankt voor je aanbod

gr lou


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-05 9:27]

Hi Peter,i visit this parc many years ago and maybe it's time go back...ehehe...when i was there,the digital camera doesen't exist..ehehe..beutiful capture of this walking stork,not easy a perfection of details like this,i remember the boats of Djoudj..ehehe..very well done!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Nice picture of this specie.well sharp picture.I like its colour and POV too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely walking stork, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter.
Beautiful fresh upload of this Stork. The lateral profile is well kept in focus with lovely details and colors. Well done and kind regards.

Looks alot like our Wood Storks..minus the yellow beak of course :) He's kinda cute!!

Hello Peter,

a very well taken picture of this Yellow-billed Stork. light and ambiance is marvelous,and its busy to find food in the water.

Beautiful photo Peter! Wonderful pose, Very good composition, nice lighting and impressive sharpness! Beautiful and interesting subject too.

Bom dia Peter
Wonderful picture from Your archives.Great POV and composition,wonderful natural colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Ciao Peter. Very good details here and colours too despite the difficult light.


Excellent capture with wonderful details and nice colors.


against the difficult light the performance is very good, I like the pose and the eye catch!
regards Peter

Hello Peter,
What a nice image and interesting too.....Excellent capture of a lovely specie. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Fantastic razor sharp details. This is a gorgeous fellow which we can't meet in Europe.....Fascinating details and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-04-07 23:08]

Hello Peter,
a very nice ibis,very nice details species,regards..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-08 10:23]

Hi Peter,
As usual very nice shot.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
lovely capture of this Yellow-billed Stork with a nice Walking pose and good sharpness. I also like the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter,

The framing is indicating movement of the bird. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the Yellow-billed Stork. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


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