Tag Archives: Wood Stork

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

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