Painted stork is a tropical species, belonging to the stork family and is classified Near Threatened, because it is undergoing a moderately rapid population decline owing primarily to hunting, wetland drainage and pollution.
The bird is found in the Asian continent, covering the area from India and Sri Lanka to Southeast Asia. Broad-winged soaring birds, the Painted storks of India fly with their neck outstretched. Populations extend from Sri Lanka to Indochina and southern China. Painted storks are predominately non-migratory and most make only local movements.They nest colonially in trees, often along with other waterbirds. The only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill clattering at the nest.
Some photographs from my recent visit to their colony close to Pune, India.
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6 thoughts on “The Painted Storks of Pune, India”
Great photos. Particularly like the head shot.
Thanks a lot
Superb set of images, great work!
WOW Sachin !! Each shot is a masterpiece of timely trigger !! We have another master of timing in photography to match the other Sachin from Cricket !!!!
Please email me the location of this nesting/ colony area. When are you coming next to Pune? I stand wizened about non-migratory nature of these. Also, lets start thinking and inspiring some youngsters on what can be done through such photographs+technology + Website to raise awareness and funding for Birds and wildlife !!
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Thanks for your reply. Your message just missed my attention, sorry for that. There are lots of small lakes and dams around Pune where once can find colonies of stroks. This colony is actually inside the Tata Motors plant.