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Anne-Marie Bokslag

Haarlem, Netherlands

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Alcalá de Henares would not be the same without the storks. They’ve always embellished the city monuments with their elegant presence and their nests, and they can be now regarded as the perfect symbol of the coexistence between natural and cultural heritage.
The white stork is possibly the most popular bird to humankind: they first lived on the trees, but, as soon as cities appeared, they became neighbors, decorating with their nests our most outstanding buildings. It was on the churches where they found a safe place to build their house.
Why have storks always liked Alcalá de Henares?
There are two reasons why: first of all, because they find lots of churches to set their nests on, and secondly because in the Henares fertile lowland they can get food. Nowadays, due to the lack of farming fields, the existence of a rubbish dump nearby is also contributing to the storks’ setting, as it is quite easy for them to get nourishment there. Alcalá is aware of the importance of this natural heritage, and that’s why the experts have been studying and counting the storks, making artificial nests and providing them building materials for more than 20 years.
As a result, after a critical situation in which we feared for their extinction – only 11 pairs between 1986 and 1987 – the stork population has day to day increased, up to the more than 90 pairs registered today. Besides, the stork presence in the city is stronger, because their migration periods are getting shorter. Lots of them travel to nearby places and sometimes come back to survey their nests before the definite setting.

To me it looks like he’s bowing after a loud applause from a audience…lol.

Canon 40D
Canon Telezoom lens 100-400mm
Exposure time 1/320s
Aperture value f/9
ISO 200
Focal lenght 125mm

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