Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Chellah Storks

What makes the Chellah truly magical in the spring are the storks and egrets.
There are 79 breeding pairs of white storks. They nest on the mosque minaret, the walls of the medersa , and the trees around the santuary and spring. They swoop about and I have seen nothing remotely comparable apart from the Qutb Mintar south of Dehli although the birds there were eagles. The egrets flock and are harder to photograph.
It was a little disconcerting and creepy that the storks made a rapid slightly hollow knocking noise with their bills whilst roosting. The sound was identical to that attributed to Triffids in the 1960s BBC adaptation which was repeated before Xmas, so you would be siting in brilliant sunshine watching the birds and at peace with the world and the sound of  hunting vegetation would disturb you and be repeated round the site.

No comments:

Post a Comment