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White Stork

White Stork
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 6:37
Viewed: 3045
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the series of bird portraits this time a portrait of a more common bird.

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, breeding in the warmer parts of Europe (north to Estonia), northwest Africa, and southwest Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan). It is a strong migrant, wintering mainly in tropical Africa, down to the south of South Africa, and also in the Indian subcontinent.

It is a huge bird, 100-125 cm. tall, with a 155-200 cm. wingspan and a weight of 2.3-4.5 kg. It is completely white except for the black wing flight feathers, and its red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks with the exception of the Leptoptilos genus, it flies with its neck outstretched.

White Storks rely on movement between thermals of hot air for long distance flight, taking great advantage of them during annual migrations between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The shortest route south would take them over the Mediterranean, but since thermals only form over land, storks take a detour. The options are limited, because to the east lies the Arabian Desert, where it is difficult to find food and water - and to the west lies the Atlantic Ocean. This leaves two narrow migration corridors: eastern storks cross the straits of Bosporus to Turkey, traverse the Levant (Syria-Lebanon-Israel-Palestine), and then bypass the Sahara Desert by following the Nile, while western ones fly through the straits of Gibraltar. Either way, the storks can get help from the thermals for almost the entire trip and thus save energy.

White storks breed in open farmland areas with access to marshy wetlands, building a stick nest in trees, on buildings, or special platforms. Because it is viewed as bird of good luck, it is not persecuted, and often nests close to human habitation. In southern Europe, storks' nests can be seen on churches and other buildings. It often forms small colonies. Like most of its relatives, it feeds on fish, frogs and insects but also eats small reptiles, rodents and smaller birds.

The white stork is almost silent except for the noisy mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

Source: flickr.org

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Belle prise de vue, tres net

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-02 6:53]

Wonderful details and colors to this lovely stork!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-02 6:59]

Ooooh, Peter, I like this close-up very much.
A beautiful profile of this stork.
Perfect exposure and DOF.
Excellent details.
TFS. : )

My boys they came along with it?
Great capture, lovely details.

Hello Peter,
a fantastic portrait of the White Stock taken with outstanding sharpness and fine detail, marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and a very pleasing composition with a great eye contact, very well done
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-02 7:23]

Hello Peter,
Almost too close for comfort but interesting to see the fine details and the sharp eye. Beautiful colours too. The beak looks unusually clean and colourful!!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-02 7:23]

Excellent portrait with great colors, details and sharpness!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-02 7:28]

Hello Peter
Great portrait of this stork, all is perfect!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-02 8:17]

Hallo Peter.

Prachtige foto van deze ooievaar.
Mooie kleuren in de snavel en de scherpte is weer perfect.
Mooie foto.

Gr. Hans

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-02 9:04]

Hola Peter,
espléndido retrato,
atractivos detalles y buen foco.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-02 10:05]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic mportrait shot of a stork with wonderful colours and perfect focus and details!
TFS and G's,

Hello Peter, lovel shot of this beautiful stork. Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hallo Peter,

Een mooie portretfoto van deze Ooievaar met goede detailering en mooie bokeh.
Prachtige kleuren.


Hello Peter,

A fantastic macro with beautiful fine details & composition. Excellent POV & presentation. Very well done & TFS.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-02 10:39]

Hello Peter.
Beautiful portrait of white stork. Great exposure on feather. Good composition and nice contrast. Perfect sharpness
Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
dit is echt te gek!!
zo goed scherp en dichtbij genomen is altijd erg leuk je kan alles zo goed zien
mooie achtergrond en super kleuren
groetjes lou

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-02 10:52]

Amazing composition and good colours Peter. your POV and DOF are great with a beaty blurry BG.
Very well done dear friend.
Take care.

hello Peter

a very beautiful portrait photo of the White Stork, fine POV,
fine focus great sharpness and details of the white plumage,
beautifully blurred background that it put in evidence the foreground,



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-02 11:23]

Hi Peter. I fine close up of this white Stork. The orange shows up so well against the white . I like its black eye which you have captured with a shine. And good detail in the feathers. well taken tFS.

Ciao Peter. Another impressive and detalled portrait in stunning details and good bright colours. Great close up!


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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-02 12:45]

Excellent capture Peter, very well done. TFS.
Best regards,

Hi Peter,

Incredible portrait capture of this cute-faced white stork!
The focus, details, DOF and POV looks excellent.
TFS and heve a nice night MF!


I am thankful that you understand, in notes and crits, the understanding of what I try to do. My photos are simple....yet complex...and it takes a bit of thinking to understand what lies beneath each one... yet this does not diminish the great close in works (such as this) which others do! I am equally impressed with your registers and hope to see them for some time in the future!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-03 0:57]

Hi Peter,
What a portrait.I liked POV,expression on face and crisp clear eyes a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Peter, beautiful portrait with fantastic details, splendid sharpness, perfect focus on eye, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Splendid portrait shot of a pretty white stork.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-03 11:16]
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Hello Peter,
A superb close portrait of the head of a White Stork talen with fantastic sharpness, colours and detail and the diagonal position of the bill makes the composition perfect with the OOF natural BG contrasting well.
I wonder if the White Stork still breeds in Holland?
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Peter.
Very nice picture of this lovely faced stork..I like the glitter on her eye. Colors and details are perfect...

Hello Peter
The quality of the neatness of your photo is remarkable.
Bravo for details, and colors
thank you, best regards

nice closeup, TFS Ori

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