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Black Stork adult

Black Stork adult
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-23 10:33
Viewed: 6311
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
picture taken at Tarifa during migration
below you can read a summary of a paper published in REGULUS about the situation of Black Stork in Luxembourg
The Black Stork Ciconia nigra 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. So far, the species bred 17 times, with an average of 3,17 young leaving the nest. 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.

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Hi Tom,
Black Stork is a good model. This capture is also great with excellent POV, composition. Great details and sharpness. Eye contact, light and notes very nice.
I couldn't see them in Tarifa. You may have a special place in there. Maybe my next visit.
TFS, best wishes

Hello Tom,

It is always difficult to capture in flight shots. And you have manged that quite well. Perfect timing to show the beautiful position of wings. The tonality of black birds are always tough to capture & you did it perfectly even under the wingspan without losing much on the eye/beak. Really Commendable!

Thanks for the share,


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-11-23 12:14]

Hello Tom
This bird is very rare. I saw only once although here are his nests in the old forests.
Very good sharpness and colours.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-23 15:15]

Hello Tom,
Beautiful shot of this magnificent bird!
Nice focus and DOF
Regards, Dejan

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-23 15:24]

Hello Tom,
Excellent shot!
Very good position of the wings. Nice colors,too!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-23 23:06]

Hi Tom

Great action shot - spot-on focus and detail.


Hi Tom
Wonderful action shot
Good sharpness and details
Black stork stands out against
a nice soft blue background
tfs jon

Good one, Tom! A rare sight and a good inflight capture! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Tom,
It's a well composed image, nice POV.
Very hard to expose the dark plumage of the underside correctly, especially with this B&W combo. Perhaps more DOF/faster s-speed, or both would've produced more detail?
I would've used ISO 400 with the 20D.
Well done.

Hi Tom,

Another nice in-flight, with perfect focus, sharpness and exposure - which isn't easy.

Kind rregards,


Hello Tom,
This is a bizzard bird with his bald head!!!
Excellent sharpness and exposition against clear sky!
GREAT SHOT my friend :-)
Best regards,


hi tom,

i told you i liked this one very much.not an usual black storck view for me.very impressive.very beautiful bird.and superbly shot!

Salut Tom,
Eng wierkerlech impressionnant Photo! Et ass een excellente Wenkel aus deems de d'Foto gemaach krus an se ass perfekt Scharf a gelongen.
Nodems ech jo mol eng Koppel an der Geigend vu Reiden entdeckt haat, ouni Foto maachen ze kenne, interesseieren se mech jo nach mei.
Bescht greis,

Hello Tom

Excellent in-flight shot of the Black Stork
with fine POV, with the bird's flight pose
we can feel the speed of his flight,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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