After our superstorks finished their breeding so early, we didn’t know whether they’d start their migration early, or hang around to enjoy the Slovak summer a bit more. Fortunately they chose the latter.

They’re much harder to find these days, returning to the nest only when it’s time for bed, but I caught them feeding in the nearby meadow:



It was interesting to see the pair bond continuing, even after the chicks have left; recently we also heard them bill-clattering greetings when one of them returned to the nest late in the evening. Once they do start their migration, however, it will be alone and then in flocks, rather than as a pair.

Her, with ring:


And him:


Flying nestwards:


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