The tide was nearly low and the wading birds were steadily gathering food in the condensed water at the edge of the marsh. A group of six or eight Wood Storks waded back and forth mostly with their heads down searching for fish.
As the water continued to drain, occasionally they would fly back to where the water was deeper.
The moon-scape look of the exposed sand made this stork with his big shadow look even more pre-historic.
I’ve not had much success getting shots of the larger wading birds in flight with any context even with all the recent photography opportunities nearby. They are so big it’s hard to get a good angle that includes so much as a tree.
These photographs of a Wood Stork do give a sense of their wingspan, even with nothing else but the sky in the photos. And their subtle green color is shown off when the wings are flapping “down.”
On a recent trip to the rookery one some work was being done near a nesting area to remove some debris before the birds start their nests. A few Great Egrets treated us to an aerial show as they shifted around while work was in progress.
The flights provided a variety of shooting opportunities, with various wing poses and backgrounds as the circled around to return to their spots.
Coming in for a landing with a squawk:
I am amazed by the ability of these huge birds to navigate through branches.
A beautiful blue sky with fluffy clouds completes a classic flying shot.