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Asian Openbill Stork

Asian Openbill Stork
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-07 6:08
Viewed: 2447
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
it was a foggy day and i was roaming around just to be with Nature. and then i found something unusual at far. this photograph was taken at Shyamkhola, my new field for studying Nature... this place is full of scattered water-bodies, about which i had said on the other day.

i said unusual, because this bird is not common at that place. that place was basically for Cormorants, Bea-eaters, various Ducks, Drongos, Shrikes, Pond Herons and Egrets. i don't say this is a rare bird. definitely not. i had seen many of them in the south of West Bengal and in Orissa. near to the seas... but well, not at Shyamkhola before.

so when i found this bird at Shyamkhola, i had to go near to it to have a clearer view. i was very excited and simply had accelerated towards it through the farming fields... and when i reached satisfactorily nearer to this (thank God, fog was there, otherwise the bird would have fled), i realized something (or many things) was (or were) moving around my feet. i was standing near to the water-body, on a soft layer of dry hays, grasses and leaves, and around my feet were snakes! and i was standing there for a long time absorbed in taking snaps and that in my sandles! when i realized the scenario, first, i had turned into a statue. and then my senses said, i had two options: fly, or run. i ran... for life. when i reached a safer place, the road, i still couldn't be sure that i didn't get any snake-bite at all! but yes, after thorough inspection i found, there was no mark on my feet.
i thank God. for no snake-bite and for this snap :)

now. can someone pls tell me which bird is this? Crane? Pelican? what?

[ i know i know, it's a common species to many of you. so pls don't laugh at me. just that, i don't know it's name :( ...but am a good learner :) ]

thanks to Himanshu Ranade, for helping me with the ID of this bird.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-07 6:28]

hello ruby

very nice capture with foggy fall and
bright bg.i know this bird as ADASAMAN
in tamil.im sorry for zoological name.

Hi Ruby

Ideal perch and superb composition for this Asian Open billed stork..Good capture inspite of the foggy conditions which are clearly reflected in the BG.


Hi Ruby,
Himanshu is right. Anastomus oscitans. There is a congener, in Africa, it is totally black.

Hello Ruby
What a fine pose. Beautiful specimen. Great POV and composition.Lovely soft colors and details.
Thank You.
Best regards

hello Ruby
very nice picture with great details
very nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ruby.
Eccellente foto di questo uccello che finora non avevo mai visto con quel tipico becco.
Ottima la nitidezza con notevoli particolari ,belli i colori ottima la composizione. Complimenti
Ciao Marco.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2012-02-07 14:38]

Very interesting bird presenting an unusual openbill.
Pleasing light and successful sideview.
Beautiful bokeh.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-07 21:23]

This is Asian openbill (stork), Anastomus oscitans.
good one. tfs.

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