Todays (19th February 2011) images are of the White Stork.
The White Stork (Witte Ooievaar) can be found in many locations in and around The Hague, this includes nesting in The Malieveld, various tall chimney sites and in earlier times the Hofvijver.
The White Stork has become synonymous with The Hague, historically having resided in The Hague during its annual migration over the last millenia. Today, not all of the White Storks migrate but stay here in The Hague.
The Stork is often associated as the ‘bringer of good fortune and prosperity’ and also with the birth of a new child.
The White Stork appears on the Coat of Arms of The Hague which can be found on all municipality buildings of The Hague. One of the older buildings (1658) that the Stork appears, is on the Coat of Arms located on the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) where it is combined with (rampant) Lion, the Coat of Arms of the Netherlands.
Stork folklore – Why the Stork loves Holland
An overcast day, Easterly wind 10 mph, 1 ºC.
Image of Storks hunkering down in the cold winter wind.
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