Wood Stork Landing

Wood Stork, Incoming

I was on a dike and couldn’t alter my angle to the flight path of a series of wading birds coming in to feed. The birds were in and out of shadows cast by the pond’s tree line as the sun dropped lower.

Wood Stork Flying In
Wood Stork Flying In

This Wood Stork nicely dropped down just past me with his green-black wing tips lit by the sun.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Before they have hardly touched the ground these big birds fold up their wings and go about their business:

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

There were just 5 seconds between the first and last image, with those iridescent feathers tucked out of view.

Wood Stork Landed
Wood Stork Landed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 22, 2020

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