Canon EOS 350D, 49mm, 1/250 sec, F/5, ISO-290
Location: Aqua Zoo, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, Europe
Date: August 20/2010

Featured in The World As We See It, or as we missed it

The Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, occurring in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially waste tips. It is sometimes called the “undertaker bird,” due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes, a large white mass of “hair.”

A massive bird, large specimens are thought to reach a height of 150 cm (60 in), a weight of over 9 kg (20 lbs) and have a wingspan of at least 3.5 m (10.5 ft). In the last regard, it shares the distinction of having the largest wingspan of any landbird with the Andean Condor. More typically, these birds measure 120–140 cm (43–55 in), 310–350 cm (89–113 in) across the wings, and weigh 6–10.5 kg (10-18 lbs). Unlike most storks, the three Leptoptilos species fly with the neck retracted like a heron.
Source: Wikipedia


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  • Sunil
    Sunilalmost 4 years ago

    lovely…bird…loves…fishing…so majestic…Jokus…great work…

  • Thank you so much Sunil for the kind comment.
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  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 4 years ago

    Impressive, well done

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  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 4 years ago

    Looks like the one that brought me. A really terrific shot!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you so much Bill for the very kind comment.
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  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug!

  • Thank you so much Elaine for the beautiful welcome to the group.
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  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Super mooie plaat !!!

    Kind Regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dankjewel Erik voor je leuke comment.
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    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Wow Trish, Thank you so much for the feature in the group, so super;)
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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Jokus!!

  • Thanks Marvin for the beautiful comment.
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    Johan Nijenhuisalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Johan for the beautiful welcome banner.
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  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Hoi Joke
    Wat een lekkere natuur shot
    Mooi !

  • Dankuwel Johnneke voor je mooie berichtje, super mooi.
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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 4 years ago

    Love this, Jokus, especially the expression on the face of the bird in the background – Mattie

  • Thank you so much Mattie for the great comment.
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