Local farmers have told us that when they see the Abdim's Stork....or waliya in Songhai....that they know it is time to prepare their fields for the rainy season.
I asked once if people eat the storks and the person looked at me like I'd grown two heads. The answer was, "No. They bring the rainy season. We would never kill something that brings us a blessing."
I love watching them soaring in the sky, riding the heat waves, looking for insects, frogs, and other delectable creatures to eat.
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Twice somebody has brought us a young one to show us. They'll keep them until they're ready to fly. I suppose these particular ones fell out of the nest or were injured in some way.
|Our guard brought this one into our compound. I don't think he looks too happy all hunkered|
down like that.
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