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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.

 

White Pelican in Wood Stork’s Space

At first at seemed that the White Pelican had no interest in the Wood Stork as he casually paddled along.

White Pelican and Wood Stork
White Pelican and Wood Stork

But as he got closer I began to wonder.

White Pelican and Wood Stork
White Pelican and Wood Stork

Surely, the Wood Stork would have some kind of reaction.

White Pelican and Wood Stork
White Pelican and Wood Stork

I wish I could have seen this from another angle–did the Wood Stork reach into the Pelican’s beak?

White Pelican and Wood Stork
White Pelican and Wood Stork

Whatever happened, the White Pelican decided to move on, continuing to make a little flap about it.

White Pelican and Wood Stork
White Pelican and Wood Stork

The Wood Stork continued to pay no attention.

11/19/2018 Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Wood Storks in Dead Tree, 2

I posted some images of this scene a few weeks ago¬†taken at a different angle and cropped in a 1X1 format. I had so many images from that outing I thought I’d try a composition that showed more of that day’s “big” sky.

Wood Storks in Dead Tree
Wood Storks in Dead Tree

Bear Island WMA is closed to the general public now until February 9, 2019 so we won’t be back to see if these Wood Storks are still hanging around.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018