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Storks are the symbol of happiness and fidelity and for many centuries they were part of the Alsatian scenery. Once very numerous, they would return every year from Africa to announce the coming of spring in France. However they have been on the decline in recent years. Luckily, efforts have been made to help the storks return and make their nests in the Alsatian trees and roofs of homes and they have now returned more numerous than ever. There are many stork parks across the region and the presence of the birds seems please the Alsatian population and tourists alike. As everyone knows, it is the stork which brings babies wrapped in bundles, firmly held in their beaks. Alsatian custom says that when a child wanted a younger brother or sister, he would place a piece of sugar on the window sill to attract the stork, in hopes that it would leave the precious bundle in exchange.

For this shot I was on maximum zoom and I had to wait for a while for this chap to face the right direction. This nest was one of many on the roof of an old abbey in the town of Munster. The town itself was noisy, polluted and not particularly attractive, until we discovered the attractions of this old abbey and its inhabitants. For a wider view of this stork and his neighbours see my workshop.

Dedicated to my Alsatian TE neighbour ;-)

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