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Dike Walk 2

These are a few more images from my walk down the dike on a grey day.

First we go right…

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

Then we go left…

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

and every now and then one of the birds has something to say!

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

These birds appeared to be successfully feeding and occasionally another would drop in to see what was going on.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Wood Storks at Edge of the Marsh

About ten minutes before I took these images several hundred wading birds, mostly White Ibis, were sharing this space with these Wood Storks. I couldn’t see them, but they sure were making some noise as they fed.

Great Egret Fly Over Wood Storks
Great Egret Fly Over Wood Storks

These few Wood Storks ignored the “go” signal of the masses and continued their rest. I was able to get to a break in the reeds lining the dike to see what was left behind.

Wood Storks at Edge of Marsh
Wood Storks at Edge of Marsh

Dike Walk

I could see bird activity down one of the dikes that divides the old rice field ponds where a canal widened a bit. The dike has varying heights of reeds at the edge which serves as a nice blind, but can interfere with a good shot. Hence the fuzz on the lower right of this image. The Cormorants took off just after I took this.

Wood Storks and Spoonbill
Wood Storks, Spoonbill and Cormorants

None of the images were great this day as the light was dull, but I saw a variety of activity.  A few Wood Storks came and went, sometimes feeding and sometimes just standing around.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

The light brightened a little as this Roseate Spoonbill worked his way to the far side of this canal.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

For those of you who follow Ted at http://www.tpjPhoto.net, I got an image of him watching alligators for his  Bad Day To Be A Fish post. He’s standing on the road that runs at the lower edge of the big pond.

Ted with Alligators at his feet
Ted with Alligators at his feet

Nature’s Spectacular, 2

As the wading birds from the feeding frenzy lifted lifted into the air some of them left, either individually or in groups.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

A group of Wood Storks pulled away from the frenzied group and formed into a ragged line.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

These storks circled and got a little higher then took off for a distant section of the marsh. They were soon replaced by another group that somehow got the word the fishing was good here.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks Flock in Flight, one White Ibis, one Snowy Egret along for the trip

Wood Storks in a Dead Tree

There were hundreds of Wood Storks in the trees at the back of the field and in the rice field canals, most of them tucked down or just too far away for good images. This dead tree served as a perch for a small group of storks and couple stray White Ibis as they rotated in and out of the distant trees.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

One or two would land and almost immediately on or two would ext the tree. This was another one of those natural happenings that seemed to have a secret signal.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

There was another canal between me and this tree but that water didn’t seem appealing to any of the wading birds on this afternoon.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

The fluffy white clouds were building up pretty quickly and provided a more interesting background than plain blue sky.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018

Wood Stork Take Off

Wood Storks take a few hops before they get into the air when taking off from water.

Wood Stork Taking Off
Wood Stork Taking Off

Then they lift their legs up behind them and give a few strong beats of their wings.

Wood Stork Taking Off
Wood Stork Taking Off

And away they go.

Wood Stork Taking Off
Wood Stork Taking Off

If I have the opportunity to see this again I’ll have a better idea of what is going to happen and maybe get an image of the hop.