A painting to be seen in the ancient Dutch town of Oudewater, near Utrecht, proves that, as long ago as 1575, storks nested on the Town Hall roof.
A painting to be seen in the ancient Dutch town of Oudewater, near Utrecht, proves that, as long ago as 1575, storks nested on the Town Hall roof. Our cameraman visited the little town recently and saw that - 385 years later - the spindle-legged birds still nested happily on the same roof overlooking the picturesque 16th century houses in the street below.
The stork - a summer visitor to most parts of Europe - breeds from Southern Sweden to Spain and Greece. This year the first of the storks arrived in Holland from the South late in February. There was no sign of its mate and it was feared that it had been shot by "sportmen" on the journey across Europe.
It was not until the end of April that the mate appeared at Oudewater and very soon eggs were laid and the heads of four vigour baby storks appeared above the nest - very soon ready to gulp down their favourite snack of frogs, mice and other delicacies.