Temporary Resident(s)

Sorting through some photos I took in 2015, I came across this one, taken at maximum zoom level with a less than adequate camera.

It shows one of the many temporary residents in my hometown who usually return in late February/early March of every year and, at least to me, signal that spring is near. This photo was a quick photo taken on March 6th.

The “ceremony” has been the same every year. One shows up, circles around for a few days and rests on top of the Catholic church (yes, the one that has the charm of a WWII bunker) after an extensive trip to its summer residence. Usually, after a few days, it will disappear and settle down in one of the many nests the local population and a slew of bird aficionados have provided for the growing stork population around here.

Then, towards the end of its stay, it will return to the church “spire”, usually with a number of extended family members in tow, spend a couple of days there, often in rather nasty weather, and then … disappear.

That’s when the first nasty cold front usually hits us.

P.S.: A large number of dedicated individuals have been working hard since the middle 1990s on the resettlement of a stork population in the larger area around here. Statistics show that since 1996, those efforts have increased the number of offspring from merely 5 to nearly 450 in 2014. Unfortunately, many storks were lost because of seemingly endless power lines strung across hundreds of high-voltage pylons around here.


Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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