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In 1-1/2 years in The Netherlands, I have seen more storks than in the rest of my life put together!

 

Near On top of the Mensinge Museum in Roden, Netherlands.

 


Make Babies Not War

 

In 1-1/2 years in The Netherlands, I have seen more storks than in the rest of my life put together!

 

Near On top of the Mensinge Museum in Roden, Netherlands.

 


comments (43)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jun 2011, 00:35
Wonderful!

The storks have their people in that country well trained, it seems...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray. Very well-trained, indeed. There are stork stands all over the country set up for these storks, if they don't have the stand on their chimney. It's amazing to see.
Do homeowners build special platforms for the nests, or is that nest-base just part of a chimney cap? What happens when the (human) occupants build a fire in the fireplace?? Is there a special fire brigade just for such mishaps?
Ginnie Hart: YES and YES, Patrushka. There are stork stands in the fields everywhere all over The Netherlands. But some people also build a chimney that has a stork stand, like this one. The storks don't have babies during the winter months when there's a fire in the fireplace. But the nest remains and will be there for the same stork whenever it wants to come back, year after year. The same storks go back to the same nests. Most educational! I've learned a lot from Astrid about this. smile
What an amazing shot Ginnie!!!! Such an impressive nest. ... I'm up watching a live cam nest as 3 eaglets are getting ready to fledge anytime soon. It has been a real education watching the eggs hatch & the family dynamics. : )
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jacquelyn. A blogger friend in California has watched baby owls be born recently and has documented the whole process for us. It's quite a miracle, especially when you aren't used to seeing the birds at all!
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Jun 2011, 06:50
Great shot Ginnie, very sharp considering the zooming.
This one is not only near the museum Mensinge, it's ón the museum smile
Have a great weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Fokko. The original is even sharper without the texture added, of course. It was a perfect day for this stork...and we who photographed it! I have just changed my text to say this is on TOP of the museum. Thanks for the correction. I wondered about it. smile
Great fun Ginnie! Inginuity at it's best!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. This chimney is specifically built for the storks. Astrid says it's usually rich people who can afford to have them on their houses.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jun 2011, 06:54
More Dutch you cannot get smile
Every time I see a stork nesting on top of a chimney, to me that is the only proper place, although to see a stork nesting on top of a special platform on a tall pole in the middle of their yard of field is a grand view too.
The owners of this house can use the fireplace, I don't know if the storks starts coughing of the smoke.....
Visible is the iron wires to protect the smoke-shaft from birds flying in.
There is a saying in Dutch when you see a stork... go put liquid green soap on the roof....
(that means that the stork will not land on your roof when the stork is bringing babies...... .
Wonderful picture of a majestic bird, I love the angle.
TGIF.... a long weekend for us.... smile
(I think we can thank Fokkio for the wonderful day and showing us this stork)
Ginnie Hart: I am learning about all these things that are so very Dutch, MLMAMV! I have learned so much from you about these beautiful birds and how you Dutch take care of them. No wonder they are everywhere! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jun 2011, 07:32
Lovely things Ginnie: I don't think we have them in the UK
Ginnie Hart: Maybe if you build it (the stork stand) they will come, Chris?! grin
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2011, 08:16
Beautiful birds. They seem to be more common in Europe than in the US.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kala. I'm sure you're right...and maybe only in certain countries in Europe. I don't remember ever seeing a stork's nest in America, but we always hear about the stork bringing our babies. Most interesting!
your are abosolutely right Ginnie, good advice!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Sigh! Thanks, Fabrizio. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2011, 08:45
Nice to see they live quite comfortably in the city
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aussie, you're right...though they're more out in the fields and not like 'in' the city, if that makes sense?! Thanks.
  • Mark
  • UK
  • 10 Jun 2011, 09:03
of course the storks make the babies - is there any other way?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Nope. Don't know of any other way!! grin Thanks, Mark.
and so it shall be
Ginnie Hart: Sigh. Bedankt, Chantal.
  • didier
  • france
  • 10 Jun 2011, 10:16
smile very good idea....
beautiful !
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Didier. That's what storks teach us. smile
That makes it twice as many as I have seen Ginnie, for some reason we never see them around here. Nice bit of nest building.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Les. I'm amazed every time I see them...and they really are everywhere here.
I vaguely remember seeing something like this during one of my two visits to Netherlands many years ago, something the country is famous for apart from clogs and windmills.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Brian. And to think I never had a clue until I started seeing them everywhere.
They are certainly extraordinary. We have Wood Storks that live in the marshes. They used to be a threatened species, but now are doing much better. Awesome shot Ginnie. Have a fantastic weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Doug. I love seeing the storks, wherever I find them. They give me hope for the world.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2011, 12:36
Great photo that is one very large nest
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage, and yes, indeed.
I have never seen them myself, its made its self a fortresssmile Lovely shot Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: It's funny how they're in great supply here, Linda. It must be a good country for them! smile Thanks.
A rather fine capture, proud on the plinth, they should try that on the spare plinth on Trafalgar Square, would make a nice change from the usual pigeons and art. Make love and not war was always a more attractive propositionsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. They beat the pigeons any day. smile
I thought for a horrible minute it was going to be another bl***y seagullgrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! So glad I saveed the day for you, Bill. smile Thanks.
LOL! i love the title as well as the image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, KWB. If they can't take a joke, right! grin
Fantastic birds - I love 'em
Ginnie Hart: I love them, too, Tom, now that I see them with my own eyes. smile Thanks.
Does that mean that The Netherlands is a very fertile country....i like her nest....i am sure that she is an educated stork....living at the museum and all stuff...great find....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I was thinking that The Netherlands should be over-populated by now, Peter, by all the storks I've seen. smile You gave me quite the smile about this one being educated. Thanks. smile
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2011, 02:48
Very nice.

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Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Paule.
Oh I love that!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. It's fun, isn't it. smile
A very beautiful image...lovely color, detail and the wonderful bird has posed so well for you Ginniesmile I bet he brings back memories when your babies were on the way!!! Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Pavan. I've heard about storks all my life but to see them now has been a real joy!
  • tede
  • France
  • 11 Jun 2011, 10:50
Magnifcent and this huge stork's nest. Superb image of this wonderful bird. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Tede. It's fun to finally see what this beautiful, well-known bird is all about. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 11 Jun 2011, 11:17
It's a good job that they nest in summer - otherwise there would be a new species of black stork! Nice pic Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, George. You're right. It's a good thing most of the animal kingdom sees spring as the time for babies. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jun 2011, 18:09
That is such a delightful image. I have never seen a stalk nesting.
Ginnie Hart: Thnaks, Cherie. It's a new thing for me, too, but they're all over The Netherlands! Making up for lost time. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2011, 18:26
lol, well, i guess there's more opportunity for you to shoot them then.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Rian. Making up for lost time. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 11 Jun 2011, 23:33
Magnifique. Un nido de pelicano... que bueno! donde está? encima de una chimenea?
Ginnie Hart: This is in The Netherlands, Drenthe province, Oscar. But I see storks all over the place here. It's wonderful. Gracias. And yes, this is a nest platform architecturally built on top of a chimney. There is wire mess to keep them from getting inside.
It seems like that chimney is built for the stork...
Ginnie Hart: It is, Larry. Exactly. Build it and they will come. smile
beautiful and lovely perspective!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Joshi.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2011, 12:30
WOW! Is that really a nest??? That's amazing..what an extraordinary capture!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marcie. It's an achitectural wonder, made for storks. Build it and they will come. smile Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 12 Jun 2011, 14:46
hehehehe this has gotta be the sweetest, most quaint shot i've ever seen!! lol and i don't think i've ever seen a stork at all smile so thank you
Ginnie Hart: It's funny that we hear about storks all the time in the States but we never see them. I'm making up for lost time here, Elaine. smile Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2011, 18:52
I love this one - and I do believe there is a lot of pride in that birds face. But what gorgeous detail you got - the next, the feathers... Love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martie. It was a gorgeous day and one of the best shots I've ever had of a stork and nest.
Wauw grin Ik heb er hier nog geen gezien, knappe plaat!

xx
Ginnie Hart: These storks are EVERYWHERE here in The Netherlands, Abigail. I love them. Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • USA
  • 12 Jun 2011, 23:20
That's interesting. They must have enough food source out there.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINNIE! All the best.
Ginnie Hart: They must have something here, Maria, that's for sure, because they're everywhere! smile Thank you for your birthday greetings.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2011, 00:10
amen!
Ginnie Hart: Agreed. smile Thanks, Dennis.
Me gusta la perspecitiva, impresionante los nidos que hacen las cigüeñas.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: I see them all over The Netherlands, Bernardo. They amaze me. smile Gracias.
Une belle adaptation entre l'environnement urbain et l'environnement naturelle... Superbe !
Ginnie Hart: It was a delight to the eyes, Olivier. Merci.
This is just wonderful, Ginnie.
I guess a big bird requires a big nest. Sure beats the puny ones we have in our neighbourhood.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Beverly. What I most love is that these nesting stands are built for the storks by the Dutch. They WANT the storks to be here. Astrid says storks come back to the same nests year after year, so I'm really getting my education.
That's simply awesome! That's a giant nest too. Are they noisy? I suppose people in the Netherlands love the birds to build nest stands for them?
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch do love these birds, Nik, and I have seen them often. I have no clue if they're noisy. I guess not...since I've never heard them and I'm always pretty close. smile Thanks for your comment.

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