You’ve been told babies are brought in by storks. But where do storks come from? They come from Zoo Negara, apparently
The Painted Stork (Mycteria Leucocephala) you see perched above tall structures all over the Klang Valley were originally from India and Sri Lanka. Part of a captive breeding programme at Zoo Negara, the birds were subsequently released and became free-flying residents of the zoo.
In the mornings, they set off in various directions but return to roost in the evenings. Over the years, I have seen small colonies as far away as Putrajaya and above the Bird Park at the Lake Gardens.
Road To Putrajaya. My fascination with these beautiful birds started when I spotted one flying alongside my car on the elevated sections of MRR2, about a decade ago. Since then, I have been observing them in flight and there is something peculiar. They often use highways as part of their flight path instead of flying line-of-sight.
Morning Clock-In. On the Duke, near the Air Panas Toll Plaza, several flocks can be seen perched on the giant light fixtures. It is easier to get a shot of a stork landing than taking-off as they can stay perched at one spot for hours.
Up-Close. If they are not lazing on lamp posts, they can be seen wading and foraging in shallow waters. At Zoo Negara, they have a lake and a little island to themselves.
Birds Of A Feather. The Painted Stork gets its name from the distinctive pink feathers on its back.
Nosy Neighbour. At the National Zoo, the giraffes are the storks’ next door neighbours. If you need a super sharp and long-reaching telephoto lens, I highly recommend the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm (150 to 600mm equivalent ) zoom. All pictures here are photographed with this compact and feather-weight lens.
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