I was on a dike and couldn’t alter my angle to the flight path of a series of wading birds coming in to feed. The birds were in and out of shadows cast by the pond’s tree line as the sun dropped lower.
This Wood Stork nicely dropped down just past me with his green-black wing tips lit by the sun.
Before they have hardly touched the ground these big birds fold up their wings and go about their business:
There were just 5 seconds between the first and last image, with those iridescent feathers tucked out of view.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 22, 2020
I’ve mentioned that the water has been very high in the old rice field pond at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, which has kept the wading bird population down. Last year’s dredging project left a higher stretch of ground that is now covered with a bit of water and attractive to these birds. The vegetation at the edge was recently mowed providing a nice view.
This group was just standing around when I passed by. Usually it is the Snowy Egrets that make a fuss but this Wood Stork took a turn, at what I do not know.
I left them to it and went around to the other side of the pond. At first I couldn’t see the Stork; his position in the above photos was behind that tall grass. Then he took a walk, leaving those Snowy Egrets behind.