Native wildlife is always fun to encounter when visiting a foreign land, and we got a kick out of seeing the multitude of storks and their enormous, high-perched nests all over the Algarve region of southern Portugal last summer! These Iberian White Storks build their nests in the most precarious of places: lampposts, electrical towers, church steeples, chimneys, and smoke stacks. It's really quite remarkable to see.
The white storks thrive in the natural salt marsh environment of the Algarve, so much so that in the last 30 years or so increasing numbers of the birds have chosen to stay in Iberia all year rather than migrate to Africa in the winter. Storks live for 20 to 30 years in the wild, and sometimes form colonies of hundreds.
Storks will return to the same nest year after year, continuously adding new material, and some nests can weigh nearly a ton!
Thinking about the story of storks delivering newborn babies, I found it somewhat allegorical that the storks in the above photo built their nest on top of an old advertisement reading, "Once upon a time".
|Two stork nests visible in this photo.|
This is my Photo Friday link-up post to DeliciousBaby.com.