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European White Stork II

European White Stork II
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cibershot H2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-12 7:34
Viewed: 4400
Points: 34
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European White Stork

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.

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.[4]

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 mainly on frogs and large insects, but also young birds, lizards and rodents.

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

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hello Nemes
a SUPER coloured shot
green with the white
beautiful composition
great shot

Hi Nemes,

Beautiful White Stork with green and small yellow flower.Nice setting and good detail, so pleasant colour.TFS.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-12 8:41]

Salut Septimiu
Faina poza cu barza asta care se plimba pe campul asta verde. Culori frumoase.
Numai bine.

Salut Septimiu,
This is a pleasant capture, with a great bird!
Very nice composition.
Superb natural colors.
Well done

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-12 9:29]

Hello Nemes, a beautiful shot of this lovely stork with nice composition and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-12 9:33]

Hi Septimiu,

How nice to be neighbors today! I wish I could see my birds in settings as lovely as this. The White Stork standing in this grassy field with the little yellow flowers is strikingly beautiful. Colors and details of the bird are excellent. A truly superb composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-12 10:00]

Hello Nemes,
A very good shot of the White Stork. good detail and colours in the plumage. a nie pose and POV. well done TFs. good notes 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)
  • [2009-02-12 10:57]

Hello Nemes,
Very beautiful shot of this White Stork. Clear and well saturated colours. Excellent sharp details and a good POV and composition.
The last five years they are back in the neighbourhood where I live after many, many years of absence.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-12 11:01]

Hi Nemes,
Beautiful capture of this Stork.Lighting,vivid colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-02-12 11:34]

Detalii frumoase, claritate buna, numai bine!

Hello Septimiu
wonderful picture of this stork taken with superb sharpness
great contrast between the black and white bird and the beautiful green grass
very well done

he Nemes,

good presentation of this Stork.
Nice pov and dof, beautiful natural colours.


Hi MF and today Neighbour,
An excellent capture of this beautiful white stork with lovely posture in a wonderful vivid and natural coloured environment.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Nemes,
Una buena captura de ésta bella cugüeña europea, bien realizada.
Saludos cordiales. Ferran

Hi Nemes,
A lovely capture of this beautiful European White Stork. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-02-13 14:33]

... of course o fotografie perfecta din toate punctele de vedere .


Hi Nemes,
Nice color, exposure, and detail with a good POV.
The stork looks great framed in this green grass, with the flowering dandelions.
Well done!

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