Reasons to be cheerful, part 3: storks

Our local storks, having started their breeding early, are now at a pretty advanced stage. The four chicks are almost fully grown, despite a diet which seems to have been heavy on vegetation rather than juicy frog and rodent. I still don’t know what this lump was, but they had fun with it:

storklump

As they’ve grown, there’s been an increasing amount of stretching:

storkstretch

and flapping:

storkflap

Inevitably, a wing in the face on a hot day can lead to some tension:

storkfight

And this week, one of them finally decided to escape. This might even have been his first flight — he was a truly terrible flier:

storkflight

His eventual landing was safe, if not elegant:

storklanding

storklanding2

All of them still spend most of their time on the nest:

storkline

The parents are as busy as ever; here the mother has just delivered a feed (interestingly, her … business activities have rendered her ring almost illegible):

storkring

So, we may not have these guys very much longer. The other set of parents were much slower off the mark, so they should be around for a while. Only two chicks there, but they’ve been getting some tasty rat:

storkrat

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1 Response to Reasons to be cheerful, part 3: storks

  1. Flora Alexander says:

    Very nice update – Thankyou!

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