Saturday, December 14, 2013

SATURDAY CRITTERS, CAMERA CRITTERS AND ANNI'S BIRD D'POT

I found these birds at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia.  


The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconidae, 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.



It is a huge bird 40-50 inches (100-125 cm) tall, with a 61-79 inch (155-200 cm) wingspan and a weight of 5 to 10 pounds (2.3-4.5 kg).  It is completely white except for the black wing flight feathers, and its red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles.

I look forward to seeing them in the wild one day.

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Today I am linking with Misty's Camera CrittersEileen's Saturday's Critters and Anni's Bird D'Pot.  Thank you for hosting these great memes ladies.

35 comments:

  1. Denise, your storks are beautiful. Wonderful photos! Have a happy day and thank you for linking up to Saturday's Critters.

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  2. We have Woodstorks here south Florida, but their faces are not as pretty as these. Lovely shots.

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  3. It is huge!
    You got great shots.

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  4. As a child living in Bavaria Germany I always loved to watch storks building their nests and searching for food in nearby meadows. The tale that storks deliver babies has not been scientifically proven:)
    Take care,
    Gisela

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  5. Very nice photos of the storks, a bird I have never seen except in photos.

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  6. These are impressive birds. I've only seen them in photos, but they're one of my favorites.

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  7. big birds they could be on Sesame Street

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  8. What incredible pictures! There's nothing like this in Hawaii.

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  9. Those look like the real storks (like on baby cards). The ones we have here in Florida (woodstorks) are not quite as handsome. (although we love them, 'ours' have really sort of ugly faces).

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  10. Oh nice Denise! I have never seen a stork.

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  11. Love these story photos, especially the 2nd one with a look at their backs.

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  12. This is one of the more attractive storks I've seen. Many of them have big ugly beaks, but this one is in proportion to its face. Lovely images of a striking bird!!!

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  13. The storks are lovely! I didn't realize they were that big.

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  14. Great photos of these birds, Denise, and interesting to learn more about them.

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  15. I've never seen these birds before...in nature/wild OR in zoos. This post is a special treat.

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  16. Great photos. Have a wonderful Sunday. Diane

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  17. Great shots of lovely critters ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  18. Love your camera critters today. Storks nest in chimneys in some places. Dianne

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  19. What a pretty bird, and a big one too.

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  20. Awesome - love the stork shots.
    (2) will be delivering new grandchildren here in April and June:)

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  21. What handsome birds Denise, truly they are just lovely!
    Love the header clever girl!
    Christmas blessings to you and yours dear Denise!

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  22. Beautiful bird, Denise, and thanks for the interesting info about the Storks!!!!

    Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  23. These are some gorgeous birds.

    Denise, I hope you are feeling better and enjoying the season!

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  24. They really are handsome birds Denise and it is always great to learn about creatures that we don't have where we live. Thanks for sharing them.
    Your header is fantastic.

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  25. We have them in the wild here in the Netherlands. They have been way for a lot of years, but they're doing great now!

    Greetings from the Netherlands! ;-)
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  26. Dear Denise,
    These storks live also in the warm months in Germany. They are very impressive birds.
    I needed a little rest and vacation for my soul and so I have missed your last posts. I have read it now. I really like the sweet squirrel photos! The pictures of the frozen branches are fantastic! I never have seen it before!

    Have a wonderful, peacefully and good week!!!
    Katrin

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  27. They are such elegant, beautiful birds!

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