Flying Painted Storks

 

The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes.

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The painted stork is widely distributed over the plains of Asia. They are found south of the Himalayan ranges and are bounded on the west by the Indus River system where they are rare and extend eastwards into Southeast Asia. They are absent from very dry or desert regions, dense forests and the higher hill regions. They are rare in most of Kerala and the species appears to have expanded into that region only in the 1990s. They are mainly seen on freshwater wetlands although they sometimes forage on the coast. They are resident in most regions but make seasonal movements. Young birds may disperse far from their breeding sites and a juvenile ringed at a nest in Keoladeo National Park was recovered 800 kilometres away in eastern India.

 

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The Backwing pattern clearly visible

Like all storks, they fly with their neck outstretched. They often make use of the late morning thermals to soar in search of foraging areas.

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the best of all

This Photograph has an interesting story, while i was panning the camera with the bird to capture it, suddenly the bird crossed the sun and i pressed the shutter at autofocus, so it focussed on the sun and the sun got imprinted on my eyes, i had a bright spot in my vision for hours later.

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames- Rumi

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Painted storks feed in groups in shallow wetlands. The preferred depth is about 12 to 25 cm of water and deeper waters are avoided. They feed mainly on small fish which they sense by touch while slowly sweeping their half open bill from side to side while it held submerged. They walk slowly and also disturb the water with their feet to flush fish.

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 All pictures are taken from Canon 1200D, at Delhi Zoological Park.

PS Sorry for not updating for a week, i was busy due to some other projects and my movie blog. Will be updating frequently now. And as always DReam ON!

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