1414 - Full Spread - Volle Spannweite

Full Spread
Volle Spannweite

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White stork
WeiƟstorch

Poppenwind, Franconia, Germany, Europe
10/2007

This white stork didn't have any worry of escape - he and his friend spent quite some time with spreading their wings just as seen on the picture - a behavior I have not seen before and cannot interprete yet (drying the feathers? Any courtship behavior ?). It was pretty far from my car, from which I have taken the shots - a beanbag will be next expenditure regarding equipment.

EOS30D, EF 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM @ 800mm, 1/125 F11.0, ISO200, EF 2x Converter; RAW