Driving south down the M1 on Sunday afternoon, I stopped at Watford Gap to find that the Black Stork was still being reported present just west of Northampton. It would have been rude not to try and have a look at this so I pulled off at the next junction. Within five minutes I was stood looking into a field in a beautiful spot in Northamptonshire.
After a short while it was located in the river but out of sight. As we walked towards the river along the edge of a field, the stork was flushed by people walking up river towards us. The stork was suddenly up over the bank and flew high, gaining height whilst being mobbed by Rooks. The size was impressive.
Having seen the new David Attenborough film - Flying Monsters 3D - at the IMAX the previous week, I couldn't help notice how prehistoric the face of this bird looks. The film concludes with the extinction of the flying dinosaurs or Pterosaurs, and the evolution of early birds, a smaller relation of which is now in England!