Videos of young Oriental white storks and woolly-necked stork

A video of the young Oriental white storks, recently born in the Netherlands, with their European white stork foster parents, can be seen here.

The video below here is of a third stork species, the woolly-necked stork, Ciconia episcopus.

Video of white storks nesting in Hamburg, Germany: here.

White storks in Leidse Hout: here.

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  1. Endangered Birds Trapped Near Qiantang River

    12/03/2009 14:04 EST (0148 GMT)

    Silky starling, birds in the Xiasha water area of Qiantang River By Han Dan By Liu Zhaoliang

    Reader Mr. Wu Zhihua, a member of Zhejiang Wild Birds Association, called us City Express on Nov. 30th. He told us that he found some bird-traps when he went photo-shooting of wild birds near Section 19 of Xiaoshan on the southern bank of Qiantang River on Nov. 29th. On his way back, he found four oriental white storks near the Qiantang River, one of which walked awkwardly. The photos showed that the left foot was caught by a bird-trap, exactly the same as those he had found near Section 19 in the morning.

    Oriental white storks are endangered species and Level 1 national protected animals as there are only about 3,000 left in the whole world. Mr. Wu is still worried about the white stork with the bird-trap. It is the migration season for wild birds now and Mr. Wu can’t imagine all these endangered birds to be trapped by poaches in the wetlands.

    Oriental white storks were rare visitors to Hangzhou

    The journalist came all the way to the southern bank of Qiantang River on Nov. 30th. After rows of industries warehouses and a wide range of farms, the Sections 19-20 of Xiaoshan were actually acres of quiet desolate marshland with gusting river wind.

    Some construction workers near one of the temporary shelters in the neighborhood were having meals, or chewing some tiny bones, to be exact. They explained, “Oh, it’s just chicken leg. If you guys are looking for birds, you should check it out in the reeds.”

    Walking along the riverbank in the twilight, Mr. Wu Zhihua rang the journalist, “Don’t try to find any more oriental white storks. They must have gone and won’t come back again. It’s dangerous to walk around in the wetland in the evening. Most birds are resting now any way.”

    Mr. Chen Shuihua, deputy curator of Zhejiang Nature Museum and Director of Zhejiang Wild Birds Association announced that oriental white storks were very rare visitors to Hangzhou. Actually it was the first time they were observed in Qiantang River, and in a group of four!

    “The other day, a member of Zhejiang Wild Birds Association spotted two white storks near Hangzhou Bay Bridge and then another two near Yuhangbei Lake. They gather around Section 19 of Xiaoshan this time and will go further south. They will be leaving Hangzhou in the coming days.”

    Mr. Chen commented that the oriental white storks looked like swans with long neck, tall feet and pure white feathers with shiny black edges.

    Most migrating birds are exhausted this year

    Mr. Song Jianyue, a member of Zhejiang Wild Birds Association told us as there are early snows in most regions of northern China, the birds are migrating one month earlier than previous years. “Most time they fly over at the beginning of December but they came at the beginning of November this year.”

    Mr. Song remarked that this year most of these migrating birds are large birds and they all appear to be really exhausted.

    “The cold air came in a sudden and the birds were not prepared. They usually migrate one section after another and take a break after flying for about 100km. However this year they fly faster and appear more exhausted. I noticed that they would only take off slowly when humans get really close to them. I saw a small bird in the wetland near Xiasha lying on the ground. I helped it stand up and then it gathered all the energy to take off. ”

    Over 100 kinds of birds discovered in Hangzhou in the latest 10 years

    Mr. Chen Shuihua remarked that from 2000, over 100 kinds of birds are discovered in Hangzhou, 43% of which are water birds.

    “These water birds are discovered near Qiantang River, most of which are migrating birds. Some of them may stay in Hangzhou for half day. Some may just stop for a few hours. With the increasing of bird observers as well as the upgrading of observation equipments, we have more chances to discover them. Another reason is the improvement of the environment especially the water environment in Hangzhou. We should pay special attention to the maintenance of the biological environment in Hangzhou.”

    Source: dushikuaibao


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