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Carlos
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« on: August 29, 2014, 04:14:21 pm »

  Two weeks ago, August 14th, a big flock of white storks flew over my house in Coria del Río. I know there are hundreds of individuals at Dehesa de Abajo, just 20 minutes from my village. There it is easy to see their nests and chicks. I post a photo in the forum because I have only seen this big flock once and I'm wondering if they could be starting their migration. But it occured in the afternoon; they where flying in circles, gaining height and moving slowly towards the north instead of heading to the south! Could it then just be a foraging flight? Thanks in advance,
Carlos.


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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 08:54:40 pm »

Hallo Carlos. White storks depend upon thermals, rising columns of warm air, to gain height for long distance flight on migration. When a strong thermal is located all the storks in the area will use it even if it looks to be taking them in the wrong direction, because altitude is more important.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 02:34:28 pm »

   Thank you Steve for you reply. In that case they might have been starting their migration the day I took that photo. I should go and check their population at Dehesa de Abajo, although I have just read that a few of them stay in Spain all the year around.
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   Carlos.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 05:07:21 pm »

Hi Carlos
Yes, you will find many White Storks in the Doñana are during the winter, and in La Janda too.  White Storks do start to migrate north from Africa in December, so they are present here all months of the year!
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