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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D 610, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-02 1:14
Viewed: 1402
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Ciconia is a genus of birds in the stork family. Six of the seven living species occur in the Old World, but the Maguari Stork has a South American range. In addition, fossils suggest that Ciconia storks were somewhat more common in the tropical Americas in prehistoric times.

These are large storks, typically 100 cm tall, with a 180 cm wingspan and a long thick bill. Members of this genus are more variable in plumage than other storks, but several species have black upper bodies and wings, and white belly and undertail. Juveniles are a duller, browner version of the adult.

Ciconia storks are gregarious and colonial breeders, and pairs stay together for life. They typically build large stick nests in trees, although the Maguari Stork will nest on the ground and at least three species will construct their nests on human habitations. One of these, the White Stork, is probably the best known of all storks, with a wealth of legend and folklore associated with this familiar visitor to Europe.

These storks feed on frogs, insects, young birds, lizards and rodents. They fly with the neck outstretched, like most other storks, but unlike herons which retract their neck in flight.

The migratory species like the White Stork and the Black Stork soar on broad wings and rely on thermals of hot air for sustained long distance flight. Since thermals only form over land, these storks, like large raptors, must cross the Mediterranean at the narrowest points, and many of these birds can be seen going through the Straits of Gibraltar and the Bosphorus on migration.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-10-02 1:40]

Buna Marius,
A very good capture of White Stork ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

An extremely beautiful capture of this stately Stork, Marius.
The focus is spot on. I like the blurring of the immediate and farther BG.

A SUPERB register!!!
The foreground and the rear are blurry ... very nice!!! Gives depth!!!
A beautiful presentation.
Best wishes,

WONDERFUL IMAGE with great side view in the bright sunlight.

Hello Marius

Excellent shot, very nice composition, nice POV, very beautiful natural colors, nice lighting, nice blurring BG, fine details.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-02 8:30]

Hello Marius,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this White Stork. Beautiful natural colours with a nice blurry FG and BG. Fine composition. I've seen a lot of White Storks in my country this year, more than ever.

Hello Marius - No doubt a beautiful picture. I like the way you have left a good space in foreground, when bird's one leg hidden in the grasses. Nicely managed light on white plumage. Details of grasses made it attractive too against such well managed blurry BG. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

hallo marius
super picture to show us this stork
good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Ciao Marius, lovely composition with nice walking bird, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp image of this beautiful bird in elegant pose. What a pleasure to view. Well done indeed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-02 15:28]

Hi Marius,beautiful capture of the most common stork of opur countries,very rare in my fields but not difficult to find in northern Italy.The pic is absolutely perfect,very well exposed for the best white and fine detail despite the distance.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-10-03 0:09]

A classic posture of thi lovely stork.

Have a pleasant weekend, Marius,


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-03 10:43]

Excelente picture with great sharpness and deep of field. Very natural too. Congratulation.

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