The Stork Family Part 3

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Hello Feathered Friends Lovers

Bird watching is exciting, especially witnessing how fledglings grow and become ready to take their own path in life. If you recall, I have two posts about the stork family that lives not far from my work. In case you haven't and you wish to have a look here are the links:
The Stork Family
Stork Family Part 2

I know that soon the two young birds will be ready to leave the nest and I don't want to miss them. I envy a little bit the people living next to the nest as they can see some really precious moments. One day, being not so hot, I used my lunch break to see how the stork family is doing.

The first thing I saw was one of the storks in the nest, while the other was not far on the chimney of a house close by.

The siblings

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How big they are! They have grown and looked more like adults, although their beaks haven't changed the colour and they will become red soon.

While I was fiddling with the camera settings I missed the take off from the nest. But the stork did not go far, actually decided to join the other one.

Here are series of photos of stork landing on the roof.

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They are called white storks, although they have pretty much of black feathers. This stork showed its magnificent back, but should be better if I was watching from the other side and capturing the bird in front while landing.

Did not loose time and I turned around the corner of the street to see the birds from another angle and then I saw this amazing stork flying so low. At first I thought that this is one of the siblings that has taken off again.

The parent

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But the two storks were still on the roof. This was their parent. See the beak, it is red. The bird very gracefully was gliding, using the thermals and rising up in the sky. I made many shots while the stork was close and then I just admired watching the flight.

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The more the bird was going up and close to the sun, the worse the photos became. Here it is like a silhouette and a swift could be seen in the upper corner.

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I looked at the roof and just in time as the youngster was again off to explore the flying techniques.

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The bird made a circle and stopped in the nest. But before that let me show you this close-up.

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The stork did not stay much in the nest. Another take off and looked like it needs more practice.

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No, it is not falling down. Swift flap of the wings and back on track.

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And again repeating the exercise of landing.

And I will finish with these two zoomed images.

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Very soon the storks will regroup and prepare for leaving. The young birds will have the first long flight to the South and they will be back in spring again. Then they will have their own family.

Unfortunately this week I would not be able to pay a visit to the stork family. We expect another heat wave with dangerously high temperatures above 40°C. I will stay indoors with the aircon and will not risk to go out at noon.

I wonder how the storks will cope with the heat. Hope all be well with the family and the youngsters soon will be searching for food together with their parents learning another important lesson.

And that is all for now. Do not forget to check this week's round 30 of Show Me A Photo Contest with 👉BIRD AND SUNSET/SUNRISE👈 theme. I am looking forward to your entries.

Wishing you a lovely week.

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Stunning shots! It is surprising that these birds settle in such close proximity to people, on the roofs of houses.

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Thank you!
They are used to people and as far as I know same couple returns each year in the same nest.

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Beautiful shots! I especially like this one! this one
I've never seen a stork in person. I only have a couple stork pendants, one of which my mother wore when she was pregnant with me.
Stay cool!

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Thank you!
Glad you like them, they are amazing birds and each spring I expect their arrival. Their huge nests can be seen in many villages and small towns.

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Wonderful captures. My grandson would have loved to watch these big birds. Wow. And you took a lot of photos too. And I saw the brick roof and thought of PhotoChain Challenge this week haha. Thanks for sharing. These are just fantastic!

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Aw, your grandson would love them for sure.
Shame I could not go often to see them and soon tney will be gone.
Yeah, bricks but no sunset to combine with. This time I pass.
Thank you for your nice comment.
Have a !BEER

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Wonderful captures. My grandson would have loved to watch these big birds. Wow. And you took a lot of photos too. And I saw the brick roof and thought of PhotoChain Challenge this week haha. Thanks for sharing. These are just fantastic!

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the wingspan of these birds is fascinating ... I have seen many in Alsace which is a region famous for its storks (they are even the emblem of the region)😍

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They are so big, aren't they?
This is something new I learned about Alsace. 😀

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