20 seconds ago
"I'm sick of being patient
This will be the day
That I prove you wrong"
(Insomnia, last night)
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6 minutes ago
A pair of White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) warming up from their nest with the first sunlight of the day.
Storks are a common sight in wide extensions of cropfields and even steppes throughout all Europe, and they fancy having a water body nearby. Their presence is always appreciated by farmers as they suppose a very effective pest control system. These birds are somewhat omnivorous, their diet going from small amphibians and mammals to roots and seeds. There is even evidence of storks wandering around dumps looking for anything to eat.
Their nest is a very characteristic agglomeration of sticks and branches that they manage to collect nearby. Sometimes their nest can be 1 m tall and more than 1'50 m wide. This kind of nest offers a great hiding spot for other birds; it is common for a pair of sparrows to build their nest inside of an storks' one.
Moreover, if the nest is not destroyed nor next to any kind of sudden menace, the same pair of White Storks will return each year to the same spot. These birds are monogamous, meaning that they stay loyal to their "beloved one" until death. A pair of Storks stay together for spring and summer, but when they migrate south they split up and don't see each other for many months. It is usually the males who come back to their nest first, and so they fix up any damage and wait until the females come back after a couple of weeks. When they reunite, they happily clatter with their beaks to each other to celebrate the rencounter.
However, due to climate change more and more White Storks prefer to remain (at least in some parts of the Mediterranean area) in the same spot all year long.
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