Since moving to Portugal I have been fascinated by white storks and their nesting habits.
White storks are majestic birds about 1m tall. They build their nests on man-made structures such as chimneys, telephone poles, lamp posts, rooftops, towers etc. Nests, as you can see from my photographs, are HUGE and can be up to 1.5 in depth and up to 2m in diameter! Constructed of sticks and branches the nest is lined with twigs, paper, rags, sods, grasses etc.
The pair work together not only to build the nest, which will be used year after year, but also take it in turn to incubate their eggs and feed their young.
Can you imagine having a nest that size perched on your chimney?
Beautiful birds but what happens to the “fallout” if you look up?