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I don’t know the English name for this bird, but in Ukrainian it is called a Leleka, according to a Ukrainian friend of mine on RB. One RB member told me it looks like an osprey, or rough equivalent. It’s obviously related to the stork family and it traditionally makes it’s nests on rooftops of Ukrainian households, especially in the villages. Nowadays. with the advent of telephone and electrical poles, the Leleka has expanded its domain.

There is a story about a Ukrainian princess, Olga, way back in the day, around the tenth or eleventh century, who wrecked vengeance upon the tribe that killed her husband Igor, the Grand Duke of Kievan Rus. She captured a flock of Buzhkos from the villages of these people, tied burning coals to their legs via strong hemp that wouldn’t burn their legs, and set them lose again. They returned to the rooftops of their homes and burned entire villages to the ground.

Shot with a Canon 1DS, 1/250 sec @ f/8, 28-135mm EF zoom lens@ 135mm. ISO 100. Featured in "Everydat European Life on October 14, 2009.

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  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfabout 5 years ago

    This is SO Ukrainian!!! :) In English it’s called a stork. Never heard of buzhko but maybe it’s because I forgot or never came across this word. I think it’s called something else though…. There’s also a well known “tale” that storks bring babies to households. You always see images of them flying over people’s homes with a baby wrapped in some cloth in its mouth. Brilliant find!

  • You know something, it’s quite possible that I may have gotten the word “buzhko” wrong. I’ll have to ask someone.

    – Yuri Lev

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrabout 5 years ago

    This is a great find. I like the little birds keeping the stork company too. This looks like a Osprey nest that we find here in U.S. and here we would be thinking that the stork just took it over. On some of the poles here flat boards are put on the top so that the Osprey can build their nests.

  • An Osprey eh? Hm, I’ll have to look into that. Thank you true, that’s a good piece of information.

    – Yuri Lev

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfabout 5 years ago

    It just hit me!!! It’s called Leleka!!!! Ran here to make sure I don’t forget again :))

  • Yuri Lev
    Yuri Levabout 5 years ago

    The bird is called Leleka?

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33almost 5 years ago

    This bird is called : Cigogne. It’s the symbol of Alsace, (West France region). The legend said that the white storck bring children in a newlywed couple’s home.

  • Thank you for your visit and for this information Breizh. I am a big fan of “useless knowledge.” :-))) . I will remember the name “Cigogne.” Is this a French word or is it from a dialect?

    – Yuri Lev

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33almost 5 years ago

    Hi Yuri, cigogne is the French word. But may be in Alsace, it exists an Alsatian word, because this dialect is widely spoken in this region. Alsatian is very close to German language because of wars and Alsace has passed between French and German control many times. lol o:))

  • Yuri Lev
    Yuri Levalmost 5 years ago

    It sounds to me like the Alsacians are an ethnic group unto themselves, never having had a chance at statehood.

  • walela
    walelaabout 4 years ago

    Excellent!

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