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White Storks nest at sea

Posted Sunday 7th June 2009 at 13:42 by QBE
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Storks don’t have voice boxes so can’t “call” or “sing”, so they’ve evolved a different method of cementing the mating bond through noise; they “clack” their beaks - but it’s not really clacking their beaks but rather clacking their upper throat as you can see in this picture taken the other day on the cliffs at Cabo Sardão.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinta/...n/photostream/

These Storks are the only ones in the world that nest at sea and it gives one a rare chance to actually look down into their nest from above. This one’s got three chicks; a good clutch as the more normal number is two. Storks have expanded greatly in Portugal during the last 20 years, a credit to the more enlightened attitude now being taken towards all things to do with Nature. It’s a success story that we hope will continue as Storks’ nests also provide homes for Spanish Sparrows whose numbers are also increasing.

For more info about Birding in Portugal visit http://www.birding-in-portugal.com/blog
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