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_______________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 158 White Storks

 

 

 

 

WHITE STORK Ciconia ciconia

 

 

WHITE STORKS Ciconia ciconia

 

 

WHITE STORKS Ciconia ciconia

 

 

WHITE STORK Ciconia ciconia

 

         A recent release of juvenile White Storks Ciconia ciconia at a site in southern England was the most serious attempt to date to re-establish this large and distinctive bird as a British breeding species. It is hoped that these released birds will return to nest following their winter migration and if they breed successfully it should be possible to see the numbers build up to a point at which a self-sustaining population can be achieved, ideally with the assistance of Continental Storks as this will help to increase the gene pool. The birds illustrated above have nothing to do with this programme as they were photographed close to the Tagus Estuary in Portugal. Unfortunately they were not particularly active and as it was a very hot day the photographs were taken through a heat-haze. The photographer did have several excellent sightings of this species flying up on the thermals against a bright blue sky but sadly these were from inside a fast moving car! With thanks to Bernardo Barreto for making the arrangements for these photographs to be taken.

 

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