Squeaks and Chatters
|Young White Storks in Trujillo (Martin Kelsey)|
|Wren feeding brood in Red-rumped Swallow nest (Martin Kelsey)|
|Lesser Kestrel young in Trujillo (Martin Kelsey)|
Elsewhere in town, the young White Storks stand on their nests, their bills seemingly getting more orange-red each day, their legs stained scaly white from their excrement, but otherwise looking as large and as fully developed as their parents. It must now be just a matter of days before they abandon the rooftops for weeks of nomandism in flocks, concentrating in places where the food will be in plenty. Despite having started their breeding several weeks later than their cousins, the Black Storks in Monfragüe National Park also have large chicks now on their rock-face nests. The black flight feathers look well developed as they exercise their wings, even through the vestiges of down give their bodies a thorroughly scruffy look.
|Black Stork chicks in Monfargüe (Patrick Kelsey)|