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White Stork

White Stork
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-23 3:37
Viewed: 3084
Points: 22
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Found at http://storks.poland.pl/interesting_facts

Interesting Facts: Birds, that cannot sing

White storks hardly ever give voice. In the world of birds it is an uncommon situation. Stork’s syrinx – birds’ vocal organ – is so retarded in development that it does not produce sounds. Why are storks so "handicapped"? It is not an impairment but rather economy.
In most situations throughout their lives storks do not need vocal communication at all. Storks inhabit open landscape, they are large birds of distinct coloration, so they are well visible even from a distance and find visual signals sufficient to maintain contact with their kindred.

Only sometimes, when standing in the nest, stork happens to "say something". Widely known is the ceremony of greeting. Its aim is to recognize partners coming back home, suppress aggression and abstain from the automatic reaction of protecting a nest from intruders.

When one stork is standing in the nest and another one flies towards it, they start the ritual of gestures with their heads, necks and wings, accompanied by long, loud clattering of beaks. Simultaneously storks produce silent sounds by letting the air go through the trachea. In most cases it is a short humming whistle or a hiss reminding a loud whisper, rarely - a hoarse purr.

Nestlings give voice more often and louder, especially when they urge their parents to feed them – they produce sounds resembling mewing or hissing, whistle or squeal hoarsely, sometimes they clatter.

by Tomasz Cofta

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Very sharp & well focused.
There is some kind of label in the legs.Is it some radio tagging?

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-06-23 6:22]

Hi Tom,
a nice, sharp image with good details and an even exposure. I like the reeds as a background too. Interesting note also, thank you!

Hi Tom,

Amazing bird, amazing facts! The world would be less noisy if humans were similarly inhibited. Though this would not stop the vuvuzelas...

I notice in this good portrait of the stork, that he is ringed. A brave person to do this job in view of the strong, pointed beak!!

Am I imagining it, or is his wing clipped?

Have a nice evening - here it is drizzling; feels like November in Europe though warmer.

Warm Greetings

Hello Tom! Smooth guy. Interesting scene. Marvelous natural colours. Good exposure. Very good contrast and sharpness. Well done!

hello Tom

you shooted the photo at the best moment while the
White Stork is walking with very fine POV at its level
and also very fine framing, superb focus great sharpness
and details, i love the environment of this photo, TFS


Hi Tom,

The stork is perfectly sharp while the background is nicely blurred as it should be. Perfect management of the camera settings. Well done.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hi Tom!

Beside the fine picture I particularly like the notes with the considerations about giving voice. It's very interesting to take notice of this.

Kind regards


Excellent exposure, colors, and details.
I like the action as it steps through the water, space front..
Well done :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-12 7:22]

Hello Tom
Excellent closed up.Nice low pov and sharp image with good detail from the white plumage.I also like your subject pose.
TFS Michel

hello Tom
what a great capture of marked White Stork. sharp details and white balance superb. your low and frontal POV also great. composition and notes also nice. thanks for sharing, well done my friend.
have a nice evening

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-24 19:08]

Hello Tom,
Your image of white stork number 87C3 is wonderful, the white plume especially is very well exposed. The colours, composition and surroundings are great. Thanks Tom.

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