A few dozen wading birds had gathered for easy pickings of fish in the low water as the pond was draining for repairs to be made to the outlet piping. A Wood Stork had the newly exposed Alligator ramp all to himself and wanted to keep it that way.
A few of the Great Egrets were squabbling over a spot on the ramp while The Wood Stork stood his ground on the high end.
They all settled in a truce, for a few minutes.
The water level in this pond is normally maintained at about three feet (1 meter) in this section, leaving just the top of the ramp exposed. The duck weed, mosquito fern and other aquatic plants settled in a drape over the Alligator ramp as the water drained out.
I posted some images of this scene a few weeks ago taken at a different angle and cropped in a 1X1 format. I had so many images from that outing I thought I’d try a composition that showed more of that day’s “big” sky.
Bear Island WMA is closed to the general public now until February 9, 2019 so we won’t be back to see if these Wood Storks are still hanging around.