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Schwaarzstorch I

Schwaarzstorch I
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Copyright: Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 53] (441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Birdshots - Luxembourg, Lellig - Luxembourg [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 3:39
Viewed: 4541
Points: 0
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By chance spottet this black storck last weekend! Not a perfekt shot, but the best I could sneak in the excitement. Unfortunately noticed the stork quite late, when it was about to leave the place ...


Ciconia nigra

The Black Stork is almost as big as a White Stork but can be distinguished by the fact that the head, neck and upperparts are completely black. Indeed, they look entirely black in flight apart from their white bodies and 'armpits' and of course their red legs and bills.
Breeds in wooded areas or on riverside cliffs. Feeds beside lakes and rivers or in marshy fields.

The black stork is quite a rare in Luxembourg. The Black Stork bred for the first time in Luxembourg in 1993. The species was recorded only a few times before 1920 and was totally absent between 1920 and 1960. From 1966 the number of records began to rise and the first summering birds were recorded in 1985. The breeding population is now considered between 4 and 7 couples. The breeding area is restricted to the middle and northern parts of the country. Between 10 and 12 couples have their feeding grounds at least partly in Luxembourg. The colonisation of Luxembourg is mainly due to the increase of the population in some Baltic countries and to the fact that the species is finding good breeding and feeding habitats in Ardennes-Eifel region. The breeding biology, migration, feeding and breeding habitats are described. (Source for data on Luxembourg: REGULUS, Nr. 18 (2000)

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