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Welcome to the "HotShots" Galleries!

brought to you by Nature Picture Library

Starting mid July 2010 the "HotShots" pages will reveal a Wild Wonder of Europe to you every week.

Dive into amazing facts about species and their habitats and get deeper into the subject with the links to other sites with additional information, more exciting pictures and field notes by the photographers.


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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of Europe / naturepl.com

The White Stork

August 4, 2010

Wild Wonders of Europe showcases this week the white stork, once a familiar sight across much of Europe, but now threatened by the modernisation of agriculture, loss of traditional nesting sites and the danger posed by power lines. Central and eastern Europe still hold good populations of this species, and so does the Iberian Peninsula where they have found some strange nesting places, on coastal cliffs, large granite boulders and in man-made "stork nurseries".

Less familiar to many is the closely related but more reclusive black stork, also widely distributed in Europe but dependent on ancient forests and mature trees for its nest sites. Again, this species is threatened by changes in farming methods and the lack of nest sites caused by the felling of large trees.

To find out more about the amazing biodiversity of bird species in Europe, view the birds gallery in the Wild Wonders section of our website. You can also view country showcases, photographer portfolios and a range of other thematic galleries.

Best Wishes
The teams at NPL & Wild Wonders of Europe