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Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 18:11
Viewed: 4539
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-billed Stork / Mycteria ibis

The Yellow-billed Stork is the 20th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

This one was photographed while standing on a rock bed in the Olifants River. We were parked on the bridge where one is allowed to get out of your vehicle and move about on the bridge. This practice is permitted only on a few of the longer bridges in the Kruger Park. At either end of the bridge, ±40m from the ends, one would find a barricading line, painted on the road, and within these two lines visitors are allowed to get out of their vehicles and move around to get a better view of the river and the animals down below.

Physical description
Adult males 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 greyish 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. Their legs vary from a dark red to a light pink colour and are long and skinny. It's hard to believe that their legs can support their plump, round bodies. The female are very similar to the male, however the males are smaller.

Special Adaptations
They have remarkable adaptation. These birds are known 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-illed 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. Yellowbilled stork's bills are great fishing tools.

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

Reproductive Behaviour
The female approaches the courtship among the male birds. Together they build a bulky nest made of sticks and the male chooses where the nest is to be built. The pair 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.


I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hi neighbor...

This gorgeous capture seems very pleased with itself. I love the composition, particularly the POV/bird's expression. Wonderful clarity and detail superbly processed. :)


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-27 20:31]

Hi Anna,
what an exciting catch. The sharpness is splendid especially looking the red part on the head. the orange beak is also very exciting, what a bird this is. The sharpness and the details especially the feathers on the wing is well seen in nice lines and pattern.
simple pose by the bird and simple presentation but lovely from you.


To be honest Anna, I was a bit surprised when learn from your post that this colorful creature is a Stork and I thank you for the well presented image! What a massive base has its beak and what a deep red and orange colors on its body !! The story behind the bridge with unknown for me rules in Kruger Park is very informative for me as well! Well done, Anna! Good presentation again! Have a nice day, my friend!
George Veltchev

Wow this is very well focussed and good coloring, I know hoe difficult the ligh can be in South Africa

well done and TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-27 23:29]

Hello Anna,
this very interesting Yellowbilled Stork is captured in great pose, beautiflly presentig the species.Very good details and great colors.
Best regards Siggi

Great photo of this bird in its natural environment. Its difficult to get detail in white feathers but you got it spot on. Your bird collection is coming aliong nicely, you could easily put together a really nice calendar. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-28 1:07]

Hi Anna,i'm always surprising from the incredibles species living in a Kruger.What a beautifuls colors this Ibis..and your perfect pic is the best way to discover it...great sharpness,colors and point of view.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Ciao Anna, great capture of fantastic colorful Stork, wonderful pose, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-28 7:48]

Hello Anna
Thanks for sharing this interesting unknown bird for me.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-28 10:20]

Hello Anna,
Very beautiful photo of this Yellow-billed Stork, which I've seen all over Africa. Always a very impressive bird. In Holland we call this bird: Nimmerzat, which means: Never enough. A few weeks ago I saw him with a sheat-fish in the beak (photo is coming soon).
Great sharpness, pose, natural colours and POV.

hello Anna

excellent photo of the Yellowbilled Stork with his beautiful
eye-contact with you, fine POV, fine focus great sharpness
and details of the bird and the foreground, TFS


A fine specimen indeed with a peculiar colour scheme Anna, quite different from our white and black storks around here, but seems they have similar habits, like depositing their voluminous excrements wherever they stand a few minutes! Very good photography within a natural environment my friend, please convey my best regards to Loot...

Hello Anna,
Outstanding capture with superb details and colours.
Very good composition, perfect focus and lovely POV.

Hello Anna,
Excellent image taken with great details, good sharpness and lovely colors. Well done!

Namaste Anna,
nice capture of this beautiful stork. Great sharpness and depth. Like the colour and light very much. Very well composed. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Anda que no es grande el mundo !! Ni me imaginaba una especie de cigueña así.
Justa pero efectiva luz y unos buenos colores.
Un abrazo Anna: Josep Ignasi.

My dear friend Anna,
I am delighted to see this Photo! First of all it is one of my favorite birds - but it also means - that you are again well enough to upload photos and partake on TrekNature!!

When I ws a child we had to make our toys ourselves and one means of entertainment was to make a cone of a cardboard and stick it onto our noses. You can guess, we looked not unlike the stork...

You must admit, the bird really looks - as if it was wearing a mask - as they do in Venice (Italy)at carneval time...

Your image (photographique technique) is - as always a pleasure to view. Congratulations.

Enjoy the rest of your week
take care

Hi Anna,

This is a great shot of a stork.
Sharp and lovely colors.


Hello Anna
very nice storck and superb image !! the details are crisp clear sharp and his pose is perfect, his yellow bill and the red legs and face are very contrasting against the white plumage, i have never seen a bird with this colors, thanks very much for showing us this beauty
Have a good night

Good morning Anna,

Technically and aesthetically awesome capture of this colourful strork -which is also a novelty for me- from very nice vantage point with perfect focus, excellent DOF, great clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-07 0:56]

Hello Anna,
These Storks are really impressive compared to ours here. The strong beak and the striking coloration instill respect. Pleasant and natural picture with good sharpness and composition. It must have been great to look down from the bridges on the river and its inhabitants.
Thanks also for the interesting note.
Kind regards

Hallo Anna,
An excellent composition with almost centrally placed subject on a rocky/waterbody background makes it unique. The bird details are perfect & are quite sharp. TFS this magestic Yellowbilled Stork :)

Hallo Anna,
a very beautiful capture of this marvellous Stork, superb sharpness, splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition with a lovely posture of this elegant bird.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-08 0:44]

Hello Anna,
A superb capture of the Yellow-billed Stork taken with great sharpness and colours against a pleasing natural rock and water Bg. It looks like it has made a contibution of nutrients on the rock!
Nice composition, which together with the high quality of this image makes it a joy to view.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Anna,
Excellent image taken with great details, good sharpness and lovely colors. Well done!
Filika Giorgos

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-08 16:57]

Hello Anna,
What a colourful chap you have captured superbly here. Your focus is splendid as well as the composition. Please tell me that big white deposit is not from him, lol. Great work Anna, thank you for sharing.

Hi Anna,
wonderfull contrast in the colours and a nice position of the bird. I like your bird shots in general!
Hope to see some of these birds, when I go to Namibia/Botswana in July.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-06-09 10:32]

Hi Anna,
Lovely to see you here.:) Missed you all a lot.So couldn't stay away for long.;)
Who is this beauty we have here? Fanatstic capture of the Yellow billed stork with excellent details, sharpness and spot on exposure. i liked the way it is posing for you,as if it is bit shy. :)
TFS and Regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-11 12:14]

Hello Anna,
Fantastic view of this elegant and colourful Yellowbilled Stork posing nicely on the rock by the river. Great sharpness too and very well composed.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Hello my dear friend Anna,
What a beautiful stunning image of this stork. I like the sharpness and the colors are beautiful. The red around the eyes are in particular beautiful. It almost looks like a bandit with it's mask. As always you've out done yourself. Thank you for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-12 20:58]

Hello Anna,
The contrasting colors on this bird are very eye catching. I would imagine a whole flock of these guys together would be a sight to behold. Love the red mask and bright yellow bill along with the wonderful detail you managed to capture.
I see from your notes that they have strong neck muscles, maybe this is why they developed the old tale of them being able to deliver babies. Super shot!!

You continue to perform magic with your little Sony, Anna. This image from your Kruger shoot is a delight to watch. Despite the white crap on the ground, this elegant bird retains its dignity in this lovely pose.
How is my friend Loot doing? We see very little of him on TN these days.
My wife and I relocated to Jammu in north India recently. We are with the real kids once again and rapturous about it.
Warm regards.

Hello Anna, excellent image of this red-faced beauty with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna,

This is an amazing bird and you have captured it with perfection. Very nice colours. Very well done


Well Anna, I see that I have a lot of work to do with my photographic techniques!

He is a real beauty, and so colourful too, with excellent definition. By the appearance of the guano, it looks as if he has been standing here for a bit of time, or maybe this is his favourite place.

We don't get many yellow-billed storks in Norway! :)

Warm greetings, Amelia

Hi Anna,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the Yellowbilled Stork. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonjour Anna
Quel oiseau fantastique
Belle prise de vue et couleurs bien restituées. Bravo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-04 21:46]

Hi Anna,
Now this one obviously knows that he is worth more than a passing glance.
What a beautiful stork! He is definitely posing for you.
It must have been a thrill to see this big tall bird standing there
just waiting to have his picture taken.
Great job on the focus and the exposure. The POV is perfect.
TFS. : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-13 1:26]

Hi Anna.
What a cute bird and nice picture. Surroundings are so wonderful as pictured photo model. I am impressed with its slim legs, splendid clothes and charming make-up. Bravo.

Bonsoir Anna,

This is a nice picture of an interesting bird. Good sharpness, good exposure, well balanced composition. But what a messy bird, so I dedided to clean around a little. I put my rubber boots and gloves, my Mr Clean soap and a rough brush and after few hours of hard cleaning I made a good job (see my WS). Still a nice shoot of that exotic bird. TFS.


Never seen a yellowed beak Stork, Anna.
Good contrast to rock and water, as day must have been a cloudy one.

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