ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Shushensky Bor national park employees for the first time has taken photographs of the Red Book black stork. At first they saw one bird, and a few days later they captured a group of 15 storks.
For the territory of Shushensky pine forest, this species is very rare; in different years, single meetings with it were recorded in mountain forestry, but it was not possible to take photographs.
“Judging by the coloration, there were both adults and young among the birds. In the early morning, the storks rested and fed, then they took off and, having made a circle, flew away in a southerly direction. Probably, it was a flock of birds that began their migratory movement from northern territories”, ornithologist Sergey Petrov told the regional media.
The national park’s press service also noted that the black stork’s lifestyle is poorly studied. This secretive bird, unlike the white stork, does not like being close to humans and prefers to settle in dense old forests on the plains and foothills near water bodies – forest lakes, rivers, swamps. Black storks arrive at nesting sites in April-May, fly away in September, do not form large clusters on migration. They winter in South Asia and Africa. Young black storks become sexually mature only in the third year of life. In nature, according to ringing data, they live up to 18 years, in captivity the record term is 31 years.
Text: Elena Popova Photo: open sources