The little ones should have it comfortable

The little ones should have it comfortable

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When the stork mother landed with supplies for the padding of the nest, she was not appreciated at all. No food supply? Wet straw instead?

You can clearly see the strong wind, the straw fluttering around the head of the stork mother. Michael Goltz once described the fact that one has the mother in front of one’s head as follows: »She would have a lot of fancy things on her legs, the multicoloured rings on her left leg. On the right is the ring that gives information about the stork. It bears the number 1904 and the letters SVS.

Who can tell me why this female stork wears more rings without inscriptions?

This picture is my last from the series of the stork nest on the church in Schwabstedt.

Getting up is still difficult

Getting up is still difficult

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With the strong wind it was no wonder that the stork youngsters still had to support themselves when they got up. But the fact that the beak was used as a support until the end surprised me. He thus one or two wings together with the beak as a support. Meanwhile the father stork is only watching (bored?).

As soon as the stand was secured against the wind, the wing could be raised from the nest floor. Perhaps the wind was also used to push the body further up? Unfortunately the old stork stood so close that the left wing could not be used.
Still the head was pushed over the beak. read more and write a comment …

Stork Portrait

Stork Portrait

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It has never been possible for me to be so close to a stork and to make a wonderful bird portrait with it. Much was certainly due to the great location on the church in Schwabstedt, only 10 meters away from the nest, but I had also borrowed a wonderful lens for the weekend, which even with 560mm focal length offered a phenomenal imaging performance (Canon EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x).
This can be seen very clearly in this portrait photo. The post image shows a 100% detail of the photo, so that you can see all details around the eye and the beak.

The dirt the stork has in his beak, his tongue too!

Here is the original picture that I didn’t trim and shows some more details about his body and thighs. It is easy to read the inscription of the ring from this picture: 4T926. read more and write a comment …

Finally the old stork was here!

Finally the old stork was here!

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As photographers we had to wait a long time to see the stork father. But how did it first go for the little ones in the rain shower? And what did the old stork bring with him? Just building material. The nest didn’t look that unstable!

When the bird stood up, it simply looked elegant and slim. What a beautiful sight! read more and write a comment …

When the big ones aren’t there …

When the big ones aren’t there …

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… the little ones have to take shelter together. Two of the three young storks had got up after the rain shower and cuddled together. This time Michael and I were not on the bell tower but climbed through the roof construction of the church onto the small ridge turret in which the hour bell of the church hangs. On a square meter two photographers sat under the protective roof of the ridge turret and had directed their lenses at the stork’s nest only 10 meters away.

When the two young storks had stood up and looked at each other beak to beak, our cameras clicked. You could still see the heavy rain shower on their plumage.

Where’s the umbrella?

Where’s the umbrella?

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This is how Michael Goltz titled his photo of this situation for the young storks. Both of us were lucky that we had a strong westerly wind when it started to pour and the sound hatch opened exactly in this direction and kept us and the lenses dry. Only the young storks lay pressed flat in the nest and let the shiver pass over them — patiently I almost want to say.

Meanwhile Michael and I thought about how we could capture the rain in the picture and had come up with the idea to push the ISO sensitivity down to get a bit longer exposure times. In the end this picture was taken with 1160 second, which was a very long exposure time for 560mm focal length.

When I grow up, I’m gonna be a rattling stork

When I grow up, I’m gonna be a rattling stork

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One of the three youngs in the stork’s nest on the church of Schwabstedt. Michal Goltz calls this, his church, the most beautiful church in the world. Under this motto he is running a photo project this year with one picture a day in and around the church of which he is pastor. His pictures can be seen here on the Internet.

During a visit I had the opportunity to climb the bell tower together with him and to sit opposite the stork’s nest through one of the sound hatches. We had to leave the place some minutes before 18:00 o’clock, because only one meter next to us was the bell of the church and our ears would have shattered if we had stayed there. But there was enough to experience.

So it was to be seen every now and then how one of the boys got up to stretch his legs and hold his wings into the wind. But who could have watched young storks rise from the nest when there was a stiff breeze? It’s nice to watch when the legs are stretched up and the body is supported by the wings. To the front the young bird still leans on its beak until everything else is on top, in order to finally straighten up: read more and write a comment …

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