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Ciconia nigra

Ciconia nigra
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Copyright: bartha tibor (barthatibor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 353 W: 0 N: 1050] (5595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-27 5:36
Viewed: 1677
Points: 18
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The Black Stork Ciconia nigra is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a widespread, but rare, species that breeds in the warmer parts of Europe, predominantly in central and eastern regions. This is a shy and wary species, unlike the closely related White Stork. It is seen in pairs or small flocks—in marshy areas, rivers or inland waters. The Black Stork feeds on amphibians and insects.Slightly smaller than the White Stork, the Black Stork is a large bird, 95 to 100 cm (37–39 in) in length with a 145–155 cm (5 ft) wingspan,[9] and weighing around 3 kilograms (6.6 lb). Like all storks, it has long legs, a long neck, and a long, straight, pointed beak. The plumage is all black with a purplish green sheen, except for the white lower breast, belly, axillaries and undertail coverts. The breast feathers are long and shaggy forming a ruff which is used in some courtship displays. The bare skin around its eyes is red, as are its red bill and legs. The sexes are identical in appearance, except that males are larger than females on average.[9]

The juvenile resembles the adult in plumage pattern, but the areas corresponding to the adult black feathers are browner and less glossy. The scapulars, wing and upper tail coverts have pale tips. The legs, bill, and bare skin around the eyes are greyish green.[9] It may be confused with the juvenile Yellow-billed Stork, but the latter has a paler wings and mantle, longer bill, and white under the wings.[10]

It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It has a rasping call, but rarely indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

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Salut Tibor,
O captura excelenta cu detalii si culori naturale de exceptie.
Nu stiu pe unde ai surprins-o dar eu inca nu am intalnit aceasta specie in jud. Timis.
Felicitari si numai bine!

Ciao Tibor
Great catch! Beautiful image of this rare stork! Bravissimo

Bonjour Bartha,
Magnifique vol de cet oiseau migrateur.
Grande netteté du sujet.

Hi Tibor,
Beautiful image of the Stork. Clear colour detail against the blue BG. Well done.

Buna Tibor,
O captura rara pentru tara noastra cu o specie care nu o gasesti oriunde. Detaliile sunt bune, mai ales pentru o pasare aflata in zbor.
Numai bine,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-27 11:39]

Hello Tibor.
Nice sharpness and colors for an action shot. Difficult on moving birds and on a light background. Well done. Good POV too.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-27 13:18]

Hello Tibi,
Nice photo of this Black Stork. Good sharp focus on the head and an excellent composition. Great timing.

Hello Bartha,
fine in-flight picture of this Black Stork with nice sharpness, natural colours and a good background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Tibi, great capture of lovely ciconia in fantastic fly, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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