White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Species
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). Taken at Byalgradets, Bulgaria, on June 21st 2014.
Taken at Byalgradets, Bulgaria, on June 21st 2014.
(1/1250th sec at f4.5. Click image for larger version.)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). Taken at La Janda, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
Taken at La Janda, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version)

© David Hastings

Description

WS: 180 - 218cm; L: 95 - 110cm
 
A large bird with black and white plumage, a red bill and red legs.
 
Its stronghold is in eastern Europe, also in Spain, the Balkans and Turkey. It is an occasional vagrant in the British Isles.
 
It breeds in open farmland with access to swampy rivers, marshes and floodlands. Nests are often built on house roofs, church towers and telegraph poles. They will also use artificial platforms.
 
White Storks are gregarious. They spend the winter in tropical or southern Africa, and return to Europe in April to breed.
 
The White Stork is of Least Concern on the IUCN list.
 

Sightings

06-Nov-2016:La Janda, Spain(300+)
05-Nov-2016:El Cabrito, Spain
05-Nov-2016:Playa de Los Lances, Spain(20)

27-Jul-2015:Bansko, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015:nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015:Melnik, Bulgaria
20-Jul-2015:nr Samokov, Bulgaria

25-Jun-2014:Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria
24-Jun-2014:Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2014:Byal gradets, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014:Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014:nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria

01-May-2013:The Camargue, France(1)
25-Apr-2013:Marais du Viguierat, France(2)