White Storks, Morocco

White storks in Morocco

One of the common bird species I saw on our two week tour of Morocco was the White Stork.

In the photo above they lined the top of an ancient wall and made quite a sight. I’m not absolutely certain but I think this was taken in the city of Meknes.

Below I have included another photo of this species taken elsewhere. It seems that this species spends a great deal of time perched on a high vantage point overlooking everyone, and giving them a birds eye view of the city. Either that, or they prefer the penthouse view.

White storks in Morocco

Abdim’s Stork, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abdim's Stork, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sometimes birding opportunities occur in a split second or two. This sighting was one of those. I was taking photos of some other birds in the grounds of Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last December when we were visiting our daughter while she was teaching there. This large bird flew overhead and was gone in seconds; I hardly had time to focus. In fact, the photo could be better and I didn’t even have time to zoom in and enlarge the image. The bird never returned. I never saw another of this same species during my two week stay in Ethiopia.

Such is the birding life.

At least I got a photo, poor though it is. At it was sufficient to identify it as an Abdim’s Stork. I can’t tell you much more about it so go here to read a little more.