Sunday, August 23, 2009

White Storks in the Baltic

This trip has not just been all about visting churches and un-earthing old art--there have been WHITE STORKS everywhere!

Estonia, where we are today, is the northern reach of their breeding area. They are beautiful birds with enormous wingspans. They weigh up to 10 pounds, are about 3-1/2 feet tall and have wing spans that reach almost 8 feet.

Apparently, they bring good luck and seem very sociable, nesting near farm houses.

I got too close to this one and he took flight--I'll spare you the pictures of the struggle to get his 10 pound body off the ground, but once it was off the ground, it was grace all the way.

Soon, I saw him again perched on top of the highest, biggest, sturdiest nest that I have ever seen.


Cindy said...

What beautiful birds. I've more formally taken up birding these days. Watched a Kingfisher diving for food in Maine. And went birding with some bloggers in a close by wildlife refuge yesterday. How luvky you are to see these wonderful birds! Sounds like you are having fun.

Jayne said...

Well, there you go then... good luck shall continue to follow you all on your journey! :c)

Jack said...

All pictures are beautiful..I like the third one..Great camera work..
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Ruth said...

Wow! That is quite an exposed nest. Interesting pictures.

Kathiesbirds said...

So, you are seeing storks in Baltic while I am seeing them in AZ! Amazing!