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Schwaarzstorch II

Schwaarzstorch II
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Copyright: Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 53] (441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Birdshots - Luxembourg, Lellig - Luxembourg [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-27 23:08
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Points: 4
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After first discovering a black stork nearby, I noticed the stork again several times. This weekend I finally got a great occasion to take some shots. I couldn't believe how lucky I was to be able to approach them very carefully without being noticed and take some shots :-)

I was able to watch four storks during some 20 minutes and at some time a heron joined in. Considering there are only a few storcks at all living in Luxembourg, I guess I was very lucky to see two couples at the same time. Unfortunately the light was quite poor, so I had to go to 800 iso and still was at 1/50s at 400mm with -1/3 IL. Luckily I had at least taken the monopod. A lot of the pictures are spoiled by leaves or branches surrounding me.

On this shot you clearly see the stork looking for food in a small rivlet.


Ciconia nigra

The Black Stork is almost as big as a White Stork but can be distinguished by the fact that the head, neck and upperparts are completely black. Indeed, they look entirely black in flight apart from their white bodies and 'armpits' and of course their red legs and bills.
Breeds in wooded areas or on riverside cliffs. Feeds beside lakes and rivers or in marshy fields.

The black stork is quite a rare in Luxembourg. The Black Stork bred for the first time in Luxembourg in 1993. The species was recorded only a few times before 1920 and was totally absent between 1920 and 1960. From 1966 the number of records began to rise and the first summering birds were recorded in 1985. The breeding population is now considered between 4 and 7 couples. The breeding area is restricted to the middle and northern parts of the country. Between 10 and 12 couples have their feeding grounds at least partly in Luxembourg. The colonisation of Luxembourg is mainly due to the increase of the population in some Baltic countries and to the fact that the species is finding good breeding and feeding habitats in Ardennes-Eifel region. The breeding biology, migration, feeding and breeding habitats are described. (Source for data on Luxembourg: REGULUS, Nr. 18 (2000)

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To Mike-Rix: Hi MikeSchwebagMike 1 07-29 07:55
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Hello Mike. This is one beautiful shot in natural habitat. The green plant is well kept in good contrast against the Schwaarzstorch. Nice sharp detail of the bird and very well composed framing. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hello Mike,

This photo of a black stork shows habitat and behavior. The photographic quality is acceptable though maybe not brilliant due to some noise, but this is outweight by the rarity of such observation. Good, informative note.

Regards, Michael

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