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.