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:

eileeninmd said...

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

Pam :) said...

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

Indrani said...

It is huge!
You got great shots.

guild-rez said...

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

Our photos said...

Bwautiful are the storks!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

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

Brian King said...

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

Don Wood said...

big birds they could be on Sesame Street

gigihawaii said...

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

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

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).

Karen said...

Oh nice Denise! I have never seen a stork.

TexWisGirl said...

very handsome birds!

Jan said...

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

Gail Dixon said...

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!!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

Such an elegant bird.

Janie said...

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

Anni said...

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

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The storks are lovely, great photos.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos. Have a wonderful Sunday. Diane

acreativeharbor.com said...

Great shots of lovely critters ~ thanks, carol, xxx

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

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

Al said...

What a pretty bird, and a big one too.

HansHB said...

A great serie, lovely birds!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

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

Rose ~ from Oz said...

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

Betsy Adams said...

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

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sandy Carlson said...

These are some gorgeous birds.

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

Adam said...

cute storks

Mimsie said...

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.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

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

kissed by an angel said...

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

Kay said...

They are such elegant, beautiful birds!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos of the storks.

lina@family tips said...

Wonderful birds, Denise.