Planckendael zoo collection
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NOT captive: Please see note below
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.
This pic is made in Planckendael Zoo, Belgium.
Whoever visits this zoo cannot miss the large free White Storks colony. The birds are nesting on the roofs, and foraging along the little stream that crosses the zoo, or among the public, begging for food, while children are trying to catch them…
This one caught my attention, because of the great reflection on the water…
NOTE: although these birds live in the zoo, they are not kept captive – they are free and living in the wild. If they choose to make their annual migration, they can. The birds are also ringed, so that bird-watchers all over the world can study their migration habits.
Conservation and population Source: Wikipedia
Notable breeding totals occur mainly in central and eastern Europe
In Western Europe, the stork has been nearly extinct.
According to Wikipedia: "numbers in western Europe are much less healthy, with the once sizable Danish population declining to just five pairs in 1995, while re-introductions of zoo-reared birds have halted declines in Italy (30 pairs), the Netherlands (9-12 pairs), and Switzerland (120-160 pairs).
In France, twenty five years ago, the population of this bird had fallen to fewer than nine pairs in the entire upper Rhine River Valley, an area closely identified with the White Stork for centuries. Conservation efforts there, particularly by the Association for the Protection and Reintroduction of Storks in Alsace and Lorraine, have successfully increased the population of birds to 270 pairs.3
Threats to the species include the drainage of wetlands and other agricultural intensification, collisions with overhead power lines, use of persistent pesticides (such as DDT) to combat locusts in Africa, and (largely illegal) hunting on passage and the wintering grounds (HBW). Some birds, known in German as Pfeilstorch (“arrow storks”), have been found in Europe with African arrows embedded in their bodies.
The White Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies."
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. unknown
focal length 148 , ISO 400
Date: June 20, 2009
TAGS : animals, birds, wild, beak, drinking, water, pentax k10d, storks, ringed, belgium, planckendael, white, black, reflections, wildlife, threatened, zoo
Features and top10 placements
This image received a top10 placement in Mirror, mirror on the wall and was featured in Playful Photogenic Animals (Oct. 16, 2009)
Featured in Birds and creatures of flight (Nov, 2010)