White Stork Ciconia ciconia

A common but declining species in much of Europe, White Storks are rare visitors to the UK. Their exact status is difficult to ascertain as escaped birds from collections, some of which are free-flying, are frequently encountered. Due to their size and conspicous colours, many of those storks that do turn up in Britain (either as wild vagrants or as escapes) are tracked as they progress through multiple locations across the country. This was the case for the flock of 4 from Somerset shown below - these were seen in many locations around the country during the summer (originally as part of a larger flock of 6 - surely involving wild birds). The other photos are all from their normal breeding range in southern Europe and Turkey.

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White Storks, near Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

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White Stork, between Mértola and Castro Verde (Alentejo, Portugal), 25th April 2006

 

White Stork, between Mértola and Castro Verde (Alentejo, Portugal), 24th April 2006

 

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White Stork, between Mértola and Castro Verde (Alentejo, Portugal), 25th April 2006

 

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White Stork, just outside Nemrut Dağı Milli Parkı (Turkey), 15th May 2010

 

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White Stork, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 9th May 2010

 

White Stork, Lavau-sur-Loire (Loire Atlantique, France), 26th June 2009

 

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White Storks, Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal), 1st May 2006

 

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White Storks, near Quinto (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

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White Stork, Ludo Farm (Algarve, Portugal), 1st May 2006

 

White Stork, east of Mourão (Extramadura, Spain), 21st April 2006

 

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White Storks, east of Mourão (Extramadura, Spain), 21st April 2006

 

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White Stork, Ludo Farm (Algarve, Portugal), 1st May 2006

 

White Stork, Viguerat (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 6th May 1999

 

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White Stork (and Grey Heron), near Marais d'Yves (Charente-Maritime, France), 14th June 2009

 

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White Storks, Whin Fen (Somerset, UK), 13th August 2012

 

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captive White Storks, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014