Turning down the streets with little traffic Prekmurje, the extreme eastern region of Slovenia on the border with Austria, Hungary and Croatia, the first thing that strikes are numerous nesting storks – full or empty – found on the roofs of houses, on steeples, on trees or on utility poles. The nests of these birds of large size does not go unnoticed: built with branches and sticks and lined with mud and straw, in fact, exceed one meter in diameter and height, located always at the top in sunny places, can weigh up to 500 kg . In this small region, characterized by growing hills and cultivate the prepare the Pannonian plain, the stork is at home, much to be become the emblem and symbol of tourism, whereas of the 235 surveyed couples across the country ( Italy , larger than 15 times, you just get to 200) than 87 stay here.
And because the Slovenians love storks is demonstrated by the fact of appearing on a euro cent coin, as well as first appeared on the 20 dollars. All are happy if the storks choose their home or their village to build the nest, knowing that for a couple of decades will be inhabited, as this animal is traditionally a symbol of fidelity, fertility and happiness, the most the fact remains monogamous pairs for life, about 30 years, and returns every year to occupy the same nest, though in some cases the marriage lasts only one season in the spring after new partners and new nest, perhaps a divorce for incompatibility character has arrived between the birds, or there are no more storks monogamous than once.
The white stork (Ciconia ciconia, storklja in Slovenian) is one of the most volatile of size, over six feet tall with a wingspan of up to two meters, has long slender legs and a long pointed beak red, white plumage except the tips of the wings and tail black; are silent, but communicate by beating the beak. Gregarious species and territorial colonies tend to isolate themselves and only for reproduction, which occurs after a lively courtship dance based on the male. Together they build the nest and brood rearing lovingly together as small, usually 4, but if food is scarce, they can get to throwing the children from the nursery, infants begin to fly after two months.
Carnivorous, feeding on fish, invertebrates, frogs, lizards, mice and small birds, but in case of famine also seeds and berries and is fond of grapes. They occupy a wide area of continental Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, preferring cultivated plains, vineyards, hills, rivers and wetlands and is well suited to environments by humans. Great Flying, used as gliders gliding masterfully exploiting the updrafts of warm air at high altitudes. Migratory species, makes transfers from seasonally warm wintering places in the south than north temperate breeding even 12,000 kilometers, flying just a day in spring the males arrive first, to arrange the nests, then the females, while in late summer depart in flocks of young people first, then males and females, and finally, choosing the land route from Europe via Gibraltar for West Africa, or the Bosphorus to Asia and East Africa.
Common in ancient and often mentioned by classical authors, for the Egyptians was a symbol of filial respect towards parents, in India, China and Japan, but a symbol of longevity; sacred in Greece Hera, wife and sister of Zeus and goddess of marriage, in Rome it was for the corresponding Juno, even though the Romans did not disdain to eat it for its delicious meat and considered curative. The attribution of the bearer of children may derive from the fact that observed in flight while it builds the nest, it seems to carry a baby in its beak, while sympathy and respect derive from a more pragmatic active devourer of serpents. After 1600 the species began to decline dramatically in consistency, to disappear entirely from several areas.
Given its small size, to explore the Prekmurje storks and spot just two or three days, although the sights are not few. Base may be the perfect Spa Radenci, those of the famous mineral water saturated with carbon dioxide, which is drunk throughout Slovenia, with its comfortable facilities hotel, swimming pools, saunas and treatments to relax at affordable prices, and a casino to have fun.
Originally posted 2012-07-07 14:05:07.