Saddlebill stork deploying alulae when landing

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Basil Stathoulis

Flight has fascinated man over the centuries. When I saw my picture of this common African but colourful stork I realised how simple yet effective their wing design is. The greater surface area of the wings and air brake deployed on landing is exactly what happens when a jet plane comes in to land. Nature got it right long ago!

Location: Handa Island,Okavango Delta, Botswana

 

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