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Jabiru


Jabiru
Photo Information
Copyright: Patrick Hubert (yquem46) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (790)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikon 300mm f/4 AF S
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-16 7:24
Viewed: 4126
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Echassier de grande taille, c'est la plus grande espèce de cigogne avec le Marabout d'Afrique. C'est un oiseau élegant avec un cou, des pattes et un bec particulièrement allongés. Le plumage est bicolore: Le cou, la tête, les ailes et le dos sont noirs, le reste est blanc. Le cou est parfois légerement irisé. Les jambes sont noires, mais les "genoux" et les pieds sont rouge-orangés. Le bec est particulièrement impressionnant: très long et conique, il est rouge-orangé et marqué au 2ème quart de sa longueur par une bande noire. A la base du bec est recouverte par une large caroncule aplatie en forme de selle (d'où le nom de "Saddle-billed Stork" en anglais).
Mensurations:
-Poids: Mâle:5,1-7,5 kg, femelle:5-6,9 kg
-Taille: 145-150 cm
-Envergure: 270 cm

The Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is a large wading bird in the stork family, Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad in west Africa.
The Saddle-billed Stork breeds in marshes and other wetlands in tropical lowland. It builds a large, deep stick nest in a tree, laying one or two white eggs weighing about 146g each. It does not form breeding colonies, and is usually found alone or in pairs. The incubation period is 30-35 days, with another 70 - 100 days before the chicks fledge.
This is a huge bird that regularly attains a height of 150 cm (5 feet) and a 270cm (9 feet) wingspan. The male is larger and heavier than the female, with a range of 5.1-7.5 kg, the female is usually between 5 and 6.9 kg. It is probably the tallest, if not the heaviest, of the storks. Females are distinctly smaller than the males. The massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”). The legs and feet are black with pink knees. Sexes are identically plumaged except that the female has a golden yellow iris, while the male's is brown. Juveniles are browner grey in plumage.
The Saddle-billed Stork, like most of its relatives, feeds mainly on fish, frogs and crabs, but also on young birds, and other land vertebrates. They move in a deliberate and stately manner as they hunt, in a similar way to the larger herons.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-01-16 9:24]

Hello Patrick,
Excellent picture of this amazing stork. Fantastic colours and superb details. The lighting is wonderful
TFS

bonjour Patrick
très belle composition et très belles couleurs naturelles pour cette photo de jabiru, faite avec une grande netteté.
J'adore sa pose et sa façon de regarder au loin
Passez un bon week-end
Jacqueline

Hello Patrick,
Once again a nice presentation! Good focus and colors.
I photographed the Saddle-billed stork a few times but the birds very too far away. That's better as you can see more details such as its metallic colors.
Similar to your previous shot is the composition somewhat personal. Nothing wrong about that in my opinion. I should have cropped the image maybe two centimeters to the right.
But...it's the photographer's interpretation!
Thanks for sharing.
Annick

what a beautiful capture!
perfect sharp , wonderful saturated colours and fine details ,
well done !
septimiu

Bonjou Patrick !
Je vous que j'avais oublié cette image-là ! Elle est splendide pourtant, ne serait-ce que pour cet élégant oiseau au bec rouge et noir. De plus, les qualités techniques de la photo sont excellentes, et j'aime bien aussi le paysage qui entoure l'oiseau. Félicitations !
Valerie.

Hello Patrick,
Excellent capture of this beautiful species. Good colours, sharpness and fine details. TFS. Best regards. Ferran.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 8:50]

Hello PAtrick,
This is a brilliant capture of this stunning Stork that is very sharply in focus. Great details and fantastic colours. A beautiful sunny scene very nicely composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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