White Stork Ciconia ciconia

White stork
White Stork
The White Stork breeds in continental Europe, North Africa and Central Asia, flying south to winter to sub-Saharan Africa and India.
White Stork
White Stork
White Stork
They are heavy birds to fly such a distance over mountains and deserts.
White Stork
White Stork
White Stork
White Storks are said in various mythologies to bring good luck/fertility (to those whose houses they build their large untidy nests on) and to bring babies.
White Stork
White Stork
White Stork
A majestic bird.
White Stork
White Storks courting
White Storks courting
Courting involves synchronised movements and a lot of noise from clapping the large beak.
White Stork
White Stork
White Stork
While there are vagrant storks in the UK every year, they are being reintroduced to the UK as a wild breeding bird in 2020 after a few hundred years' absence.
White Stork
White Stork
White Stork
Marge (- you remember Stork margarine don't you?)
White Stork nest
White Stork
White Stork
The White Stork builds large nests high in trees or on buildings. It often uses the same site in subsequent years, building a new nest on top of one or more old nests.