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A stork in the North German village of Bergholz has been suffering from a case of mistaken identity. The male bird has been seen repeatedly attacking its own reflection in windows and doors apparently in the belief that he is warding off a rival for the affections of his mate. Locals are dealing with the issue by putting coverings such as blankets over reflective surfaces, while they wait for the protective stork’s family to grow up and fly the nest.

As the weather gets cooler the whole family will, at some point migrate to southern climes. In the case of storks that is often Southern Africa, India or China. Many humans like the idea of following their example and head to the warmer climes of Australia. Like the storks, they are attracted not only to the warmer weather, but also to the availability of tasty food and, in the case of Australia, great wines.

Storks are interesting birds because most of them are voiceless or can make, at best, basic sounds, but they have a sophisticated method of communication involving tapping their beaks, rather like Morse code. For humans, the easiest solution is usually to use a German NAATI translator.

“Storks In Nest” by Vlado