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White Stork

Ciconia ciconia

Description:

Large stork with long red legs, a long neck and a long straight pointed beak of a red colour.The plumage is mainly white with black flight feathers and wing coverts. The breast feathers are long and shaggy forming a ruff which is used in some courtship displays (slightly shown on the third picture).

Habitat:

Near farmland, river and wetlands.

Notes:

I usually see a lot of storks as I go through Montemor Velho, but I can never get them on camera for one reason or another. Today, I finally made it, even though the sun was gone, making it hard to get a proper photo with my amateur camera, and having to keep a safe distance not to scare them away.

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Spotted on Jan 1, 2015
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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