While not an uncommon bird internationally, the Black Stork is a very rare passage migrant or visitor to Japan. However, almost every winter a single bird or sometimes two or three spend the coldest months of the year at Isahaya.
This year an adult arrived first and then was joined later by a juvenile. Local birders think the adult is the same bird that has been wintering here over the past five seasons, arriving first as a juvenile.
The new juvenile could be its offspring, although this cannot be confirmed and the fact they arrived about a month apart further puts this relationship in doubt – or do offspring somehow inherit their parents’ migration habits???
This morning I was able to get some good shots of these shy birds.
Firstly I could photograph the adult as it landed, and later the juvenile as it took off and flew past me.