Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

A place to call home!
A place to call home!

Since moving to Portugal I have been fascinated by white storks and their nesting habits.

White stork on chimney in Lagos, Western Algarve
White stork on chimney in Lagos, Western Algarve

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.

White stork on chimney in Lagos
White stork on chimney in Lagos

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?

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  1. What fantastic photographs, we had jackdaws once and their nest caused such problems but wow, these birds even beat our heron too. x

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    1. The chimney in the picture above I think was that from a kiln…not sure. The original building has long since been demolished but the chimney had to remain. It is right on a roundabout and a busy road.
      PiP

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  2. Eagles also do the same thing. They work together to build the nest. And the male does most of the nest sitting. I didn’t realize that the eagle and the stork were so alike. Eagles always build their nests in high places. There are two eagles in New York that built their nestle on side of a tall building. The eagles are famous in New York. Beautiful shots!

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  3. Hi Pip, Great pics..and I am amazed at the size of the nests and there locations. Thanks for sharing. My post tomorrow is similar but on a much smaller scale. Have JOYful week!!!

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  4. With all the horror that we see on TV and the web with regards to Japan and the other areas of the world affected by the recent disaster…it was so lovely to have a moment of nature at peace…your photos were much appreciated and warmed my soul.
    Thank you!!!!

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  5. Amazing! Thanks for sharing about these magnificent birds and their homes. It truly shows that Home is where the heart is. Your photos are fabulous! 🙂

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  6. Fascinating shots and information, PiP! I agree about your thinking outside the box, er, home. And a welcome relief (although I feel guilty for writing this) from seeing the shots of the tragedy–ongoing!–in Japan.

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  7. hi, PiP…
    OMG, how could they live up there? what if their baby fall out from the nest! I can’t even think why did they choose that horrible place.. Isn’t that any other comfort zone for them? Or, they are used to live like that in Portugal?

    You got an extreme shot, PiP… It’s very thoughtful of you.

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    1. Hi Zura. Oh but this is their natural way…for thousand years they have chosen to do this large nest in Human made structures, In Portugal they nest on buildings, or on purpose built man-made platforms, and they may be used for many many years. White Storks no longer nest in many countries in Europe and Portugal has actually seen it´s stroke population raising in the last 10 years. Here they Only nest in the South of the country because of the weather…they are a bird loved by people, and there is many stories with Storks in Portuguese popular culture. You can see some of their nests Live in here: http://static.publico.pt/cegonhasnaweb/
      Enjoy:)

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  8. Hi Pip,
    thank you for this post…I love Stork. Every time I go to Alentejo and Algarve I love to see them…it´s truly fascinating.
    As I said to Zura, you can watch them when ever you want here on cam 24/24 hours a day:) http://static.publico.pt/cegonhasnaweb/
    this is a program made by some biologist that are runing for 2 years now, and it a web site very popular among children (and not only children:)
    Jaime

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    1. Hi Jaime,
      I have subscribed to their YouTube site…truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂 I love the wild life in Portugal and Mr Piglet is amazed as I’m always taking photos of insects , birds etc.
      Tchau
      PiP

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      1. yes Pip, the videos are amazing but what i trully like is the Live cams…and they have chicks right now…you have to see it during the day:)

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  9. I love the photos of the birds, as birds have always fasinated me. I also love your postings, as I read each of your stories. Photos are beautiful. I will be back often to what other creative stories and photos you have to share.
    Thank you 🙂

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    1. Hi Noobcake the chimney used to be in use but from memory they demolished the old building but retained chimney so the storks nest was unscathed. I seemed to remember they errected a temporary platform for the nest when they rebuilt the chimney. I think it was a chimney from a kiln.

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  10. Wow! I didn’t know you had storks like that in Portugal. We saw a lot of them in southern Germany, where they’ve done all sorts of things to get them to roost. Just incredible… and what a great idea to use this concept for “Home”! Congrats!

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