Asian Openbill in flight


The Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans, Aasian rakonokka in Finnish) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This distinctive stork is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This photo was taken in Thailand.

It is greyish or white with glossy black wings and tail and the adults have a gap between the arched upper mandible and recurved lower mandible. Young birds are born without this gap which is thought to be an adaptation that aids in the handling of snails, their main prey. Although resident within their range, they make long distance movements in response to weather and food availability.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

About Olli Laasanen

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2 Responses to Asian Openbill in flight

  1. Rigby says:

    The clarity and focus are astonishing. Was it a digital camera on automatic? or did you select the shutter speed etc?

    • Digital Canon 20D with 100-400@400mm, with normal exposure program: aperture f/11, speed ISO 400, shutter 1/1250s and pattern metering. Thanks for bright tropical light and quite slowly moving wings (span close to 1.5m), this shutter speed enabled quite sharp image.

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