The Asian Open-bill Stork, Puttenahalli Lake, 280114
is the newest arrival at
to delight us on two levels..one, the rejuvenation of the lake, and two, the appearance of the diffferent birds themselves, making the lake either their rest stop, or their homes.
The Openbill is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.
It is greyish white with glossy black wings and tail and the adults have a gap between the arched upper mandible and recurved lower mandible.
An interesting fact: the famous birdwatcher,
noted that they were able to capture snails even when blindfolded! I still am not sure how they managed to blindfold the storks and let them forage, though!
Here’s a quick video of the two birds, foraging in the water: