Painted Storks at Garapadu, Andhra Pradesh, India
Painted Storks at Garapadu enjoy feeding in groups or flocks that range from 5 to 50 - they are commonly found in shallow wetlands along lakes or rivers.
Painted Storks are waders - they do so to stir the water with their feet to flush out the hiding out small fish or frogs. They immerse their beaks which are half open and sweep it side to side till they sense their prey and snap it up as soon as they touch it. Once fed they can literally stand still on the bank or shore for a long time.
The adult Painted Storks have pink legs and typically fly with their neck as well as their head drooped almost at or below their belly level.
Garapadu, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh India is at a distance of about 63 km from Vijayawada.