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White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) - Azrou, Morocco.

Driving east out of Marrakesh you start to see White Storks after about 2 hours. The nests are invariably on mobile telephone masts these days in the center of towns. The traditional nests on the minarets of mosques are still used but there is usually then only 1 nest. As you travel further east past Beni-Mellal along the Atlas foothills they get to the point where they nest on many buildings including the lower ones. This nest was on the small chimney of a roadside shop. The tree is behind the shop but made a nice backdrop. Moroccans should be praised indeed for their attitude towards these birds. They are celebrated and left unmolested regardless of the mess they cause.

Makes you think about the idiots in our country who don't even tolerate a House Martins nest under their eves!

All the nests we saw had chicks that looked about two weeks old. invariably one of the parents stayed with the young at this stage maybe to shelter them from the sun. temperatures were reaching c. 38 C during our stay in early May. All the nests that were low enough to see into had 3 chicks.

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Taken on May 6, 2014