The Elegant Dancers
In China, the rare black stork ( Cico
nianigra ) is as much revered as the giant panda. Although they are highly adept long-distance migrators and can be found throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, in the last decade their total population has been in continual decline, making this species, instinctively secretive and prefers seclusion, more difficult to observe. The “couple“in the photo is performing courtership dance, a common behavior of birds. The courtership may lasts as long as one year, and once “married“, they never separate unless one of them dies.