Baby (268/365)

by Lee Santiva September. 25, 2019 185 views
Weißstorch - Ciconia ciconia: mother, babyand father in the air off to right

Weißstorch - Ciconia ciconia: mother, babyand father in the air off to right

We all know that storks bring the babies...ever since Hans Christian Andersen wrote his fairy tale "the Storks" in 1838.

Hundreds of storks make their home in a region which stretches over one hundred kilometers on both the German and French shores of the Rhine River.

There are approximately 30 stork couples who make their nest every year in the backwaters along the Rhine river near to where I live.

This breed of white stork is known in Germany as the "clapping stork" (Klapperstorch) because of the very loud clacking sound it makes to greet its mate when he/she returns to the nest. I wish I could post the sound as well as the photo!

Stork couple in their nest

Stork couple in their nest

Storks mate for life and their life expectancy is around 35 years. They return to the same nest / eyrie every year and so it grows and grows - some can be over one meter tall and weigh up to two tons.

Stork silohuette and massive eyrie

Stork silohuette and massive eyrie

Now the stork nests are all empty since they have all headed south for the winter. They migrate to Africa just south of the Sahara and come back to the exact same nest each year in the spring.

These photos were taken in early summer.

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei%C3%9Fstorch

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

WOW! Nice shots of these magnificent aviators!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 7 months ago

Always a pleasure, Lee!+1+1grinning+1

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Björn Roose 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice shots, Lee. I've been in Čigoč (Croatia) this summer, the first officialy recognized European Stork Village (since 1994). The village has some 120 inhabitants and usually around 30 pairs of storks breeding. They are all over the place, especially on the roof tops. Photos, including ones in which the storks are doing their clapping, will be coming up when I get to translate my "Croatian Diary" in English smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you Bjoern! With just 200mm zoom I can only capture really BIG birds 😀 I‘m looking forward to your stork blog!!

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