The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird occurring in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Records further afield have become rare, but include China. Generally, the birds favor wetlands where they forage for fish and amphibians in shallow water. They immerse their long bills into the water and catch their prey as they touch it. They breed in colonies and build their nests on trees. I have seen these colourful birds several times on journeys through Kachchh, western India. But only in January 2015, I really had the chance to get close enough for some better photographs. You may click on them to see more details. This year, the water tank in the centre of Bhuj (the capital of Kachchh) attracted many bird species and you may look forward to some more posts from this location during the coming weeks.