Saturday, July 21, 2012
Young storks ready to make their own way
The first storks we encountered were the ones nesting on the cow barn. A few of the nests were empty but others had baby storks, in the same black and white colours as their parents, standing perched on their nests. One nest was a complete shambles, the nest where the four babies lived. These were among the last to hatch. There they were all standing waiting for the mother stork to appear with their food and they weren't disappointed. Mother arrived and fed the very hungry young. Long open beaks begged the mother to feed them first. As well the mother seemed to regurgitate some food, which was quickly gobbled up.
We moved past the big field where the most nests are, but they were all empty; however there were lots of storks in the field, young and old, some foraging, others standing on one or two legs and others just sitting down enjoying the sunshine.
On the way back to the main pond we stopped for a few minutes to watch a serp d'aigua snake cross back and forth across the road before disappearing. We noticed the second wave of figs growing on the trees but they aren't ripe yet. Once nearly ripe they are picked very quickly.