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Wood Storks Feeding

Last fall the land managers let this old rice field dry out and some vegetation flourished, then died back over the winter, leaving tall stalks and weed trees. Sometime over the winter water was let back in, and now covers the field.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

The wading birds are happy to poke around looking for food, including this small flock of Wood Storks.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

I thought they were coming back toward me, but they quickly did another u-turn and moved to the back of the field.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

Goofy Birds

A Great Blue Heron took a stroll in front a Wood Stork and small flock of American White Pelicans.

White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron
White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron

He was oblivious to the photo-bombers beyond him.

White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron
White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron

The “big gulp” has got to make some noise, but the Heron was not diverted.

White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron
White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron

Interestingly, the Wood Stork and Pelicans were feeding steadily but the dozen or so Great Blue Herons around this area weren’t showing any interest in food.

White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron
White Pelicans, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron

Wood Stork Patrolling His Domain

This is the first time I’ve seen a Wood Stork at this pond in the three years I’ve been visiting.

He’s standing on an Alligator ramp that is completely out of the water due to the pond being drained for repairs.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

A number of wading birds were taking advantage of the low water, standing around where just the week before the water would have been up to the tops of their necks.

Wood Stork and Egrets
Wood Stork and Egrets

The Wood Stork was more interested in the platform itself.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

The last image was taken a few days earlier when there was still a foot or so (30 centimeters) of water in the pond.

Alligator Ramp
Alligator Ramp

Wood Stork King of the Ramp

A few dozen wading birds had gathered for easy pickings of fish in the low water as the pond was draining for repairs to be made to the outlet piping. A Wood Stork had  the newly exposed Alligator ramp all to himself and wanted to keep it that way.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

A few of the Great Egrets were squabbling over a spot on the ramp while The Wood Stork stood his ground on the high end.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

They all settled in a truce, for a few minutes.

Wood Stork and Great Egrets
Wood Stork and Great Egrets

The water level in this pond is normally maintained at about three feet (1 meter) in this section, leaving just the top of the ramp exposed. The duck weed, mosquito fern and other aquatic plants settled in a drape over the Alligator ramp as the water drained out.