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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

Snowy Egrets On The Move

A mixed bag of wading birds was feeding in this pool of water at the side of an old rice field pond.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Most of the birds were concentrating on feeding, but a few Snowy Egrets were busier coming and going.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

This one came in for full spread landing.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

And almost immediately another took off.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Curses on the mud blob ruining this reflection.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, with Wood Storks and White Ibis

Good for me, the flight path he took crossed some clear water.

Exiting Snow Egret
Exiting Snowy Egret and reflection

Feeding Wood Stork

This pool that was left when the water was lowered in the boat pond was very attractive to the wading birds, including this Wood Stork.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

The water was just the right depth for probing for food.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

A little foot splash helps stir up any submerged snacks, which generally get swallowed whole.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

Like many of the wading birds, Wood Storks will hold out a wing to change the shadows in the water as they hunt.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

Back and forth he went, making some interesting ripples and reflections in the water.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

Wood Stork, Incoming

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.

Wood Stork Flying In
Wood Stork Flying In

This Wood Stork nicely dropped down just past me with his green-black wing tips lit by the sun.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Before they have hardly touched the ground these big birds fold up their wings and go about their business:

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

There were just 5 seconds between the first and last image, with those iridescent feathers tucked out of view.

Wood Stork Landed
Wood Stork Landed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 22, 2020