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December 26, 2018

Europe: Storks

Filed under: Europe, Photography, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , — anotherheader @ 9:55 pm

A stork strolls through the grass in northeastern France.

For an American it is easy to think of storks as mythical beings that deliver babies. But storks are most definitely real and in Europe, they are not uncommon, at least not now. The mythology of the stork goes back to ancient time. Even today storks are thought by some to bring good luck; their presence is encouraged in many areas of Europe.

We spotted a muster of storks foraging in the grass at a rest area along the autoroute in France. The rest area had several poles with nesting platforms that encouraged the storks to nest. It explained the birds’ presence in this unusual location. More commonly stork’s nests are found on the top of buildings.

The white stork was evaluated as a near threatened species in 1988 as the birds disappeared from the wild in numerous countries. Today it’s not uncommon to see storks’ nests on chimneys and buildings. The nests are large and would surely be removed if the birds were regarded as pests. But they are not and consequentially storks now prosper in Europe. Conservation efforts have been successful. In 1994 the white stork has been rated as “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. For the foreseeable future, storks will be more than just a myth.

A stork nest on a rooftop in Alcalá de Henares Spain

1 Comment »

  1. It really is a magnificient bird 🙂

    Comment by Jesper, The Biveros Effect — December 26, 2018 @ 10:09 pm


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