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White Stork

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 195–215 cm (77–85 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.

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Palaimon 9 years ago

Thanks to you KarenL and MaryEvans2

KarenL 9 years ago

Great timing!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting and great timing on the flight photos

NicoleB 9 years ago

Lovely flight shots!

Palaimon 9 years ago

Thank you! p.young713

p.young713 9 years ago

Beautiful Photo!!

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Überlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Spotted on Jan 8, 2012
Submitted on Jan 8, 2012


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