Sunday, 4 March 2018

The Black Necked Stork

This time when I last visited the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary close to Garhi Harsaru, Haryana, I was able to spot quite a large number of birds, especially red-billed geese, Sarus cranes, and ducks, different species of ducks. What struck me the most, however, was a Black Necked creating some of the most elaborate stances, all angles and corners even as he fed on the lake. The silhouettes this fellow created were some of the most striking ones. I knew from the very moment that I clapped my eyes on him, I would aim for silhouettes. I have pasted a few of them below:

The Black Necked Stork seems to be a solitary bird that is happy in its own company. Looking at the next snap, one would wonder if the Black Stork might not also be a bit of a Narcissist! I guess the golden cast of the snap adds to the effect!

But then, Narcissism apart, one would certainly not deny the fact that this is one of the most majestic birds one might see. The stance, head held high, one foot at right angles to the torso, the proud head, and the general demeanour suggests that the Black Necked Stork is indeed, not to be trifled with!

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