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Rio Bebedero, Guanacaste
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/640 s, f/16, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Waldstorch Dutch  Kaalkopooievaar
Italian  Cicogna americana Spanish  Tántalo Americano


Looking like an ibis with its long, decurved bill, this bird is a Wood Stork. It resembles the American White Pelican which also soars on thermals with a similar wing pattern. Pelicans often adopt a line or V formation, while stork flight appears much more uncoordinated.


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Wood Stork
Mycteria americana
Tantale d’Amérique

Jean-Michel PAULUS