When you travel either in the Vosges ” département” or in neighboring Alsace( Spring – the start of Fall) , your paths sometimes cross storks.
The white stork has the reputation in North America as the “delivery service” for newborn babies.I think that these legends came over to America with the Alsatian migrants. Because in popular legend here in Alsace, the stork does deliver the newborns to the proud parents. After picking up the newborn in a spring or well !
Back to the big bird… these are champion flyers, as they migrate before each winter to warmer climes in Africa. And in the Spring, come back to their homelands.
I’ve actually seen real storks twice in Alsace, including this second viewing in Munster :
We stumbled upon this area. It’s not a zoo, but an enclosed area to raise storks, in the view to reintroduce them in the wild.
Storks in the park.
I hate photographing behind fencing, but you don’t have an option at times.
Look up there- a stork’s nest with a stork inside !
If you click on the pic, you can have a peek of the little white head.
As much as I could understand, the stork’s nests are the most often not disturbed during the nesting season on chimneys and roof tops.
I remember well that I found the storks up there for one reason… one of them was clicking its beak. Impossible to describe the clicking sound- like two wooden blocks but at rapid fire tempo ! I would imagine that one bird nests and calls to its partner to go rustle up some food for the youngsters.And hurry up !!
It’s not at all unusual for other regions far from Alsace to have storks in the Spring/ the Fall when they pass through.But I haven’t seen them elsewhere than in Alsace up to now.
These type of encounters don’t make me miss the big city at all.