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If you’re going to build your nest anywhere…

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I took this picture last week when we were on holiday in Portugal. I had noticed that massive bird nests were a common sight on top of high buildings.

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A nesting stork I spotted in the city of Olhão in Portugal. I cou;dn’t help wondering if it was appealing for divine protection by nesting in such a spot?

While strolling through the city of Olhão, I spotted this particular example. Taken in the midday sun with the cloudless blue sky, I thought it made a very striking image.

I initially thought this was a heron but I believe it is a stork, although I can’t say for sure. Despite appearances, the building it was nesting on was, I think, a museum and not a church. Even so, I couldn’t help wondering if the stork was appealing for divine protection by building its nest right underneath the stone cross!

In truth, I am very surprised this picture came out at all. On inspecting my camera afterwards, I noticed that I accidentally had it in close-up mode. Needless to say, I was quite some distance away on the ground.

For the photography geeks, here are the picture’s details: shutter speed 1/200 of a second, aperture was f18, focal length 200mm (I was using a telephoto lens) and ISO 400. As usual for a Sunday, I have linked this image to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. Click on the badge below to visit the linky.

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29 thoughts on “If you’re going to build your nest anywhere…”

  1. Your headline made me chuckle. How amazing to capture her (or maybe him, I don’t know much about stalks) on her nest. How cool would it be to see a baby? I hope you all had a fab holiday. #MySundayPhoto

    1. I was surprised to see it on the nest at that time of day, it being so hot. Alas, didn’t see any young ones.

    1. I think you are correct; it only worked because the subject matter was obvious to the camera. That said, I will be more careful next time.

  2. Fab photo and what a place to build a nest. I wonder if he leans against the cross on sunny evenings and ponders life 🙂

    1. It is a stunny sky isn’t it? Makes the conditions very, very bright though. it’s difficult to take a decent photograph it’s so harsh, truth be told.

    1. Seriously, seen them nesting on telephone poles? That does surprised me. Would have thought they were too small.

  3. What a great shot and such clarity!
    We were in Faro & Almancil, in Portugal, at the start of the holidays and we saw many of these Storks nests up high on the City’s buildings, but my photos weren’t at all clear like yours.
    Apparently it’s a common phenomena across the city but they are amazing when you see them aren’t they.
    Hope you had a lovely holiday.

    BTW, did you get to Zoo Marine? It’s theme tune has become our song of the holiday (very repetitious!!)

    1. Alas, no we didn’t get to Zoo Marine. I will keep it in mind for our next visit. There will be more, of this I am sure!

    1. I think this stork was very comfortable indeed, although I was a little surprised that ll the storks seem to nest where it is very hot and exposed.

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