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The white stork bird is a species of bird who’s population is documented as increasing according to the IUCN. They are classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN but were at one time considered a threatened species in the 1980′s. This was because the habitat for white storks were being destroyed through industrialization processes like wetland draining and industrial farming that turned wide open meadows into mono-crops such as corn.
Wikipedia notes that the last wild White Crane in Belgium was seen in 1895, in Switzerland in 1950, in Sweden in 1955, and in the Netherlands in 1991. However, the European white crane has been reintroduced into the wild after conservation programs have helped the species begin to recover.
Younger white storks have black bills which turn orange or red as they grow into adults.
White storks are known for liking open grassy or wetlands areas. Sometimes called the European white stork, when in groups, the colony size and social dynamic can be very different. When it comes to making nests, white storks like to build them BIG. They usually build a large nest out of sticks and twigs on buildings, trees, or man made platforms. The nests can vary in size anywhere from one to two meters. Luckily, these birds know what sustainability is all about because they do re-use nests every year.
I am particularly glad I was able to capture these white stork pictures while they were in their nicely made nest on a nice hot summer day. The white stork images on this page are available for use on your blog or website, but only if you link back to Animals Earth.