Black-necked Stork

One of the largest birds in Australia, also known as the Jabiru.  It ranges across the tropical north from WA and down the east coast with the odd specimen making it as far as Victoria.  Juveniles are patchy brown, but adults feature beautiful iridescent blue-green neck colouring.  The long neck, even longer legs and huge bill are stand-out features.  Moving slowly along wetland edges, it can put on a burst of speed if needed.  It eats pretty much anything it can spear with that big sharp beak including, at times, other waterbirds that fail to keep a safe distance.

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This Jabiru was hunting the shallow waters along the edge of Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra, QLD.

Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm at 450mm, f/10.0, 1/640 sec, ISO-320

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This Jabiru was hunting the shallow waters along the edge of Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra, QLD.

Nikon D7200, Nikkor f4 300mm, f/9.0, 1/200 sec, ISO-400

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