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Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills, 3

More from Sunday… These birds were too far away to get clear images of their action and the water was dark, but they were fun to watch.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The Wood Stork in the middle with his wings out was trying to take a bath.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The water really wasn’t deep enough, but he kept splashing it around, along with some mud.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

A few Roseate Spoonbills were busy feeding around the Wood Storks.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The tide was coming in and their window of opportunity to feed is narrow, based on the depth of the water.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

I was happy to spot this set of three Wood Storks and three Roseate Spoonbills clustered together with nice reflections.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

And as occasionally happens, the group formed an even more visually pleasing arrangement.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

It never lasts for long.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Wood Stork, New Territory

I rarely see Wood Storks in the area of the heron and egret rookery at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; if they are around they are more likely to be at the boat pond when the water is low and the feeding easier.

I was surprised to see this one standing at the edge of the pond, rather settled in.

Wood Stork Standing in Greenery
Wood Stork Standing in Greenery

For no apparent reason he took off. I did see a couple others much higher in the sky, perhaps he thought to join them.

Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb
Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb

One of them decided to circle back and attempt a tree-top landing at the other end of the pond.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

He wobbled around a bit then flew off, towards the river.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

Startled Wood Stork

I didn’t see this Wood Stork until he took off; he had been tucked up to the edge of the pond right in front of me. He was so close I didn’t get his full wingspan.

Wood Stork Flying Away
Wood Stork Flying Away

He didn’t go far, touching down at the edge of a channel.

Wood Stork Touching Down
Wood Stork Touching Down

He immediately started feeding.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Stork Feeding

The spot didn’t seem to satisfy him.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

Pretty soon he took off for further down the pond.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

 

Wood Storks Laying Down

Unlike the other wading birds that I am familiar with Wood Storks will lay down out in the open.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

This group was enjoying a December afternoon basking in the sun.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

I wasn’t that close as you can see from this wider view. The channel in the foreground is the deeper section at Magnolia Plantation’s boat pond, drained for the winter.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

My route took me around the pond returning on the path that runs through the trees in the above image, where I took the next two images.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

Here some dangling Spanish Moss interrupts the picture but if you zoom in you can see how Wood Storks lay with their feet sticking straight out in front of them. Not what you might expect!

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

Wood Stork Landing

Dropping almost in slow-motion a Wood Stork flew in, holding that awkward looking position all the way down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

The center of the pond is choked with marsh grass and cattails beyond the canal.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Fortunately for me the Stork skipped the canal, and had his sights on an open area.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

He joined in feeding before his wings were even folded.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing