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Here you have again this church that is also home of a family of white storks, shot some seconds after my earlier post.

The following lines is a copy of the notes of my earlier post.

This is one of the many churches of Nisa, perhaps the more important and bigger one and it was built in the 16th century. I am not sure of the exact translation of igreja matriz (main church? first church?). I never studied the organization of the Catholic Church, but I think that in most of the towns where there are more than one parish there is a main church that, unlike the other ones, which have more distinctive names, there is one that it's called the matriz (literally 'first' or 'matrix' in the sense of 'mold').

The bird that uses the tower as its home (that dark spot on the tower is its nest) is a white stork (Ciconia ciconia), a big wading bird quite common on the region. They are supposed to spend the Winter South of Sahara, but lately many of them don't do that and they are seen all year. I have read that it's already a consequence of global warming. I don't know if the information is trustworthy but I have heard a good news: their populations are increasing again, after many years of decline.

On the past children were told that babies were brought to parents by storks. :D

The photo was shot on the same day of the 'White and blue house' that I posted recently. The light and clarity of the air were great, I should have taken more shots that day.

Links to info on storks: Wikipedia/Stork, Wikipedia/White Stork, ebepe.com, Smithsonian Zoo.

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