In pictures: the black storks sighted in Dhofar

As usual every year, and with the “serb” season, the black storks lands in the countryside of Dhofar to fly in its sky, eat from its land, and enjoy its warm air.

The first flocks of migratory birds during their annual migration from Europe and Asia to South Africa, passing through several international stations, including Dhofar, where large groups of white and black storks were spotted in the Niyabat of Jibjat in the state of Taqah.

These birds used to take this region as a station for them to rest and feed in, before completing their migration journey towards Africa. Perhaps what distinguishes this trip this year is the observation of black storks in large groups alongside the white stork, unlike last year when this type of stork was not spotted in Dhofar.

Does the visit of the black stork this year give an indication of the safety of the ecosystem in Dhofar, or is it the swift passage of the winter journey of the migratory bird?

It is worth noting that storks live in various regions of the world, but the largest gathering of them is found in Europe. It is one of the large birds, with long legs and long necks and has a long and strong beak. Storks have a beautiful appearance, as they stand graceful and long and walk on the tips of their toes. It is of the black, white or red type, and its length may reach a height of some types to 150 cm. Some also weigh more than 8 kg, and feed on insects, rodents, amphibians, molluscs, and others.

Storks usually rest in the Dhofar Governorate during their trip each year, specifically in the Serb season, due to the abundance of food in this season, and then continue after the end of the Serb season, their annual journey towards Africa.

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