Still 11 April 2016. After the bullring of Trujillo in Spain, to the town center. The main square is called Plaza Mayor. Rain. The statue in the photo is of Francisco Pizarro, the best-known person born in Trujillo. His conquest of the Inca empire brought much bloodshed to South America.
While it kept raining, we went to the higher parts of the town. The photo shows the Cuesta de la Sangre; literally, ‘hill of the blood’. The ‘blood’ does not refer to the blood shed by Pizarro, or in the medieval wars in and around Trujillo between Christian and Muslim princes. It refers to the seventeenth century Holy Blood Church here.
As we went still more uphill, the rain stopped for a while.
On church towers and roofs were several white stork nests.
The birds looked muddy on this rainy day. They greeted each other with bill-clattering, when a shift on the nest ended. In at least one nest there were at least two baby storks.
There were other birds as well, like this collared dove on a roof.
And a goldfinch in a tree. And a serin in another tree.
We went back to the Plaza Mayor square. Lesser kestrels flying around.
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Even in the rain, it looks a fascinating place. I love the storks.
Yes. it is. I hope the young storks have survived the bad weather.
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