long legs; straight red bill; black-and-white plumage (Spain; 2006-06-10)

White Stork
Ciconia ciconia

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: famous in fiction as the bird that delivers human babies; builds large stick nests on chimneys, steeples, rooftops, and other such platforms across Europe; considered by many to be a symbol of good fortune, and is welcomed in villages accordingly.

black on wingtips and tail; otherwise mostly white (Spain; 2006-06-10)

in flight; black on trailing half of wing (Spain; 2006-06-10)

large stick nest (Spain; 2006-06-10)

pair on a nesting plarform (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chicks on a nest (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chicks on a nest (Spain; 2006-06-10)

pair of adults on a nest (Poland; 2012-06-01)

adult feeding in a pasture (Poland; 2012-06-01)

adult in flight; note the two-toned wings (Poland; 2012-06-01)

adult posing for a portrait (Poland; 2012-06-01)