Storks of the sea - Daniel Santos Photography

STORKS OF THE SEA


About The Project

The Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park is a protected area located in the Southwest coast of Portugal, known for the great diversity of coastal habitats, where endemic flora and unique populations of birds and mammals thrive. High cliffs are a constant along the rugged coastline, providing an aggressive, yet beautiful aesthetic to the landscape.

This park features a population of white stork (Ciconia ciconia), with a unique behaviour, which cannot be observed elsewhere in the world. These animals breed on cliffs along the coast, in places no one has ever dreamed it was possible to build such big nests. Usually, it nests on trees, old buildings, and even on electricity poles, however, probably due to the scarcity of these structures until a few decades ago, these storks began to breed on cliffs by the sea. One of the big advantages of nesting in such conditions is the protection from terrestrial predators, as few animals would risk their lives in the unstable and slippery rock at such heights. But it comes at a price, the nests are quite exposed to the elements and spring can be ruthless, with days of heavy rain, strong wind and less enjoyable temperatures.

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