Stalking Storks

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.

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/2000 sec

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/2000 sec

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.

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/1000 sec

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/1000 sec

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.

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 1600, f6.7, 1/2000 sec

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 1600, f6.7, 1/2000 sec

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.

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 640, f6.4, 1/2000 sec

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 640, f6.4, 1/2000 sec

Birds Of A Feather. The Painted Stork gets its name from the distinctive pink feathers on its back.

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 1/320 sec

Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 1/320 sec

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.

See also:
The Art Of Art Filters | Layang Layang | The Bird Park | Driving An Ultra-Wide

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