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.
An optical illusion here, of the first Wood Stork scratching the next one’s head.
The group wades along, often swallowing their prey without even lifting their heads.
Another small catch is visible as the left-most bird gives his snack a flip.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021
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.
For no apparent reason he took off. I did see a couple others much higher in the sky, perhaps he thought to join them.
One of them decided to circle back and attempt a tree-top landing at the other end of the pond.
He wobbled around a bit then flew off, towards the river.