An angular view of a fisherman and a black and white stork in the lake
During the year 2008, the stork and a fisherman's friendship will be commemorated for the ninth time in the film A Friend Like You.
Adem Yilmaz, 68, has been meeting up with a white stork at a village called Eskikaraaç in Turkey's northern province of Bursa's Karacabey district for the past eleven years. The village is located in the province's Karacabey district.
Yılmaz and the stork’s friendship started when the fowl sat on Yılmaz’s fishing boat in Lake Uluabat and was fed by him.
In the months that followed, the white stork remained a regular fixture on the boat, arriving every morning for the remainder of her half-year in Turkey.
The last visit of the stork named Yaren, which sits on Yılmaz’s boat every time she migrates, was hailed by the residents of Eskikaraağaç, known locally as “the hamlet of storks” and which in 2011 joined the European Stork Villages Network.
Yaren, who had arrived three days late compared to the previous year, jumped on the boat of a fisherman early on March 7 and immediately began eating her first catch of the season.
Those moments were recorded by Alper Tüydeş, a well-known nature photographer.
Tüydeş, who shot the first images of Yılmaz and Yaren and exposed their narrative, also worked with documentary film-maker Burak Doğansoysal to film the wonderful story.
The documentary was named the best documentary at the Prague Film Awards hosted in Czechia due to Friendship Between A Fisherman And A Stork Named Yaren.
A fisherman waving his hand and stork yaren flapping its wings Tüydeş, in an interview with the Demirören NewsAgency, stated that they were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the stork this year owing to Yaren's increasing age.
“Our eyes were always in the air as storks came to neighboring villages. In this process, we waited anxiously with Adem Yılmaz,” Tüydeş added.
“I was hesitant about whether she was going to come. Thank God she came to the village yesterday and to my boat today. I am so happy,” Yılmaz remarked, adding that he thinks the stork is no different from his children.
“I have three children, and Yaren is the fourth. We have longed for Yaren this year. I am very peaceful and happy,” Yilmaz stated.
Beginning in early spring, storks begin to arrive in Eskikaraç, where they construct their nests on the roofs of houses and the tops of poles across the city.
At the conclusion of the summer, about 500 storks, which spend the warm seasons with their young fledglings in more than 100 nests around the lake that are monitored by the Karacabey Municipality, begin their migration to warmer climes by flying south.
The local government has developed a website named yarenleylek.com where people can keep an eye on the nest where Yaren and her boyfriend are located via a 24/7 live feed on the internet, which is accessible from anywhere in the world.
According to Karacabey Mayor Ali Zkan, the stork's 11th-year visit was a delight, and he expressed his gratitude to the bird.
Yaren was an adult, thus a digital chip could not be attached to her since she was an adult, but a digital chip could be attached to her children, according to Zkan, who noted that the six-month wait was over.
A fisherman wearing a black and red striped shirt and a black and white stork on a green and white boat
For the first time, new research indicates that birds respond to the gaze of a human being as well. The eyes are often referred to as the 'window to the soul' in humans since they reveal a great deal about a person's emotions and intentions.
Friendship Between A Fisherman And A Stork Named Yaren is a true example of how a friendship should be. Above all circumstances, Yaren visits her friend fisherman every year and shows the real meaning of friendship.