White Stork | Cigogne blanche | Ciconia ciconia: Although I always make a point of only publishing photos that I know to be wild, I will make an exception this time (although I am reasonably certain that these birds are indeed wild). The reason is simple: Although almost all of the residents in Germany’s Weltvogelpark Walsrode cannot leave their enclosures or the park, its White Stork population are free to leave and to join their wild colleagues on their fall migration to Africa. They can also choose not to return to the park.
The two birds featured today on my blog remained on a nest on top of a windmill in the middle of the park and seemed to be perfectly free. They also did not seem to be mingling with the captive storks. All of these photos were taken on August 23, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED.
Here is the data for the photo featured above: ISO 400 | 300mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600. All there were cropped for composition. As usual, these birds were not baited, called in or set up.