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Ciconia Ciconia

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in size, breed in Europe (north to Finland), northwestern Africa, southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan) and southern Africa. The White Stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa, or on the Indian subcontinent. When migrating between Europe and Africa, it avoids crossing the Mediterranean Sea and detours via the Levant in the east or the Strait of Gibraltar in the west, because the air thermals on which it depends do not form over water.

A carnivore, the White Stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water. It is a monogamous breeder, but does not pair for life. Both members of the pair build a large stick nest, which may be used for several years. Each year the female can lay one clutch of usually four eggs, which hatch asynchronously 33–34 days after being laid. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs and both feed the young. The young leave the nest 58–64 days after hatching, and continue to be fed by the parents for a further 7–20 days.

The White Stork has been rated as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It benefited from human activities during the Middle Ages as woodland was cleared, but changes in farming methods and industrialisation saw it decline and disappear from parts of Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Conservation and reintroduction programs across Europe have resulted in the White Stork resuming breeding in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden. It has few natural predators, but may harbour several types of parasite; the plumage is home to chewing lice and feather mites, while the large nests maintain a diverse range of mesostigmatic mites. This conspicuous species has given rise to many legends across its range, of which the best-known is the story of babies being brought by storks.

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Comments (80)

MarioTs on April 18, 2013

Ciao Karin, you took great photos about ciconie!!!


Giovanni Sottile on April 18, 2013

Uno scatto notevole K@rin! brava

Majka44 on April 19, 2013

Hi Karin

Great shot, beautiful composition and moment!



J/Conny on April 20, 2013

Great photo and colours,I Like

Greetings from,Spain

Michał Dworzański on April 22, 2013

Hello Karin. Beautiful moment, perfect photo.


Greetings, Michał.

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on April 27, 2013

Preciosa captura. Me gusta tambien. Like 64. Saludos desde Madrid

Aramos on April 30, 2013

Bela fotografia L 65. Minhas congratulações desde o Rio de Janeiro. Aramos

Nenad Obradovic on May 1, 2013

Very nice photo L+F

Radu B_KeepPanoramio on May 2, 2013

Well surprised !


Best wishes , Radu .

Bartolome Muñoz on May 4, 2013

Like+favorite extraordinaria composición y color; hermosa fotografía.

Vincent Allard on May 4, 2013

really impressive. LIKE69. Best wishes Karin, Vincent

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 6, 2013

Great shot !

I like it!

My friendly greeting,Natuska

Chinappi on May 6, 2013

Of course, I LIKE it.

I will try to make my best in order to vote (for this one and / or more), not so easy ...

See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.


timek on May 6, 2013

Very nice photo! Like! Greetings, timek

Koutoudis Grigoris on May 11, 2013

GREAT CAPTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Dido Panizzon on May 11, 2013

Ciao Karin,

Beutiful image & color! LK

Ciao, dido.

Antonis Bertakis on May 13, 2013

*HELLO Dear K@rin, Exquisite photo,[very difficult to shot]and wonderful White Stork in one astonishing flight,warm wishes,L+FV.Antony B.*

Fritz Dällenbach on May 17, 2013

very nice catch. Great


Greetings from Switzerland


Chinappi on May 23, 2013

and now, more over, a VOTE for this photo.

I really found your photo in order to vote … not so easy …

See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.


Heinz Weber on August 6, 2013

Sehr schön festgehalten. " im richtigen Augenblick abgedrückt" LIKE u. Favorite


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  • Uploaded on April 3, 2013
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    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2013/04/01 13:46:35
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 250.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash