Asian Openbill Stork


Pic: SK Srinivas

SK Srinivas, 28-Jan-2014 -

"The storks have landed - at Puttenahalli Lake. And for the first time ever.

The Asian openbill stork is a wetland species. It is seen at rural waterbodies. This is the first time I've seen this species in an urban setting and the first time ever at Puttenahalli lake.

So named because of the distinct gap in its bill, the Openbill preferentially feeds on snails. Its uniquely shaped bill helps it to easily pry open snail shells.

I was utterly thrillled to see this species in my backyard, so to speak. I spotted the bird as I passing by in a bus. Promptly got off the bus, literally ran home to fetch my camera and got back to the lake in time to take a few snaps."