Tag Archives: Wood Stork

Wood Stork: Tree Top Landing

With a wingspan around five feet (1.5 meters) the Wood Stork is neat to watch land.

Wood Stork Dropping In
Wood Stork Dropping In

This one was looking for sticks to take to his nest, but first he had to negotiate a touch down.

Wood Stork Landing in Tree
Wood Stork Landing in Tree

On the down beat you can see the green-black highlights in his wing.

Wood Stork Landing in Tree
Wood Stork Landing in Tree

He did successfully land but did not find any of these twigs to his liking and quickly moved on.

Wood Stork Landing in Tree
Wood Stork Landing in Tree

March 6, 2022

Wood Storks Feeding

Wood Storks often feed in packs, probing the water with their beaks and stirring up all manor of water creatures. It’s hard to say what it might be, but you can see the tiny size of the catch the closest bird is tossing.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

An optical illusion here, of the first Wood Stork scratching the next one’s head.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

The group wades along, often swallowing their prey without even lifting their heads.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

Another small catch is visible as the left-most bird gives his snack a flip.

Four Wood Storks Feeding
Four Wood Storks Feeding

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Wood Stork Flying Over Marsh

Wood Storks have a wingspan of 60 to 70 inches  (150-175 cm) and despite their overall prehistoric look they are quite elegant flyers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

He wasn’t going far, so he stayed low over the marsh grass.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

In the right light you can see the pretty green tones in the Wood Stork’s dark feathers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

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