Tag Archives: Wood Stork

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

Wood Stork Walk About

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.

Wood Stork and Snowy Egrets
Wood Stork and Snowy Egrets

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.

Wood Stork and Snowy Egrets
Wood Stork and Snowy Egrets

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.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork On The Move

Wood Storks Feeding

These Wood Storks were having something of a feeding frenzy on an early February morning. They feed by feeling with their bill and occasionally flap their wings around to startle prey.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Stork Feeding

The water was being drained out of this pond resulting in the fish getting concentrated in a smaller pool and easier hunting.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

The Storks went back and forth,  rarely lifting their heads to look around.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Stork Feeding

February 10, 2020