Sunday, June 10, 2012

What bird is this?

The Stork Fountain is located on Amagertorv in central Copenhagen. The history of this popular meeting place stems back to the 19th century. In 1888, the Society for the Beautification of Copenhagen announced a competition for a fountain on the prominent square to celebrate the upcoming silver wedding of Crown Prince Frederik VIII and Crown Princess Louise on 28 July 1894. It has persistently been maintained that the birds depicted are in fact herons. In 2008 representatives from the Danish Ornithological Society stated that this is not true and that the birds are in fact storks. -RS