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Wolly Necked Stork

Wolly Necked Stork
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-20 21:57
Viewed: 1678
Points: 6
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This is from my recent visit to Ranthambore national park.

The Woolly-necked Stork, Bishop Stork or White-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It can also be known as the Episcopos.

It is a widespread tropical species which breeds in Asia, from India to Indonesia, and also in Africa. It is a resident breeder in wetlands with trees. The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs form the typical clutch. This stork is usually silent, but indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

The Woolly-necked Stork is a broad winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained long distance flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.

The Woolly-necked Stork is a large bird, typically 85 cm tall. It is glistening black with black 'skull cap',white neck and white lower belly. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly have a purple hue.It has long red legs and heavy blackish bill.Sexes are alike. Juvenile birds are duller versions of the adult.

African birds, C. e. microscelis, have the head mainly black, but the nominate Asian race, C. e. episcopus, has the head mainly white except for a darker area around the eyes. Eastern Indonesian birds belong to a third form, C. e. neglecta.

The Woolly-necked Stork walks slowly and steadily on the ground seeking its prey, which like that of most of its relatives, consists of amphibians, small reptiles and large insects. African birds are attracted to bush fires.

The bird derives its scientific species name from the black and white vestments formerly worn by clerics.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-07-20 23:43]

beautiful bird. This is seen in our location also where open fields and water pools are present. Now very few comes... tfs. good image.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-21 1:20]

H Sujoy,excellent capture of this big stork despite the difficult light and the distance,very nice walking pose and very good details and colors.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-21 1:48]

Hello Sujoy,
Very nice photo of this Woolly-necked Stork. Although the circumstances were not optimal, you managed it very well. Natural colours and sharpness are beautiful. Taken from a very good POV.

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