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Wood Stork Exodus

I’ve mentioned the dilemma of choice in previous posts: stick with what is right in front of me or move where I might capture something else. I was happily photographing Roseate Spoonbills in a pond when I noticed these Wood Storks standing in a Pine Tree at the end of the dike.

Stick with the Spoonies or see if I can get some nice Wood Stork images?

Wood Storks in Pine Tree
Wood Storks in Pine Tree

I waited too long and the Wood Storks took off.

Wood Stork Taking Off From Pine Tree
Wood Stork Taking Off From Pine Tree

It was clear they were leaving not just settling into another tree as they circled to an altitude where they fly for distance.

Wood Stork in Flight
Wood Stork in Flight

There were at least thirty, many more than had been visible in that tree from my vantage point.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

Waiting for Dawn

When we arrived at Mary’s Pond about 20 minutes before sunrise on Wednesday this group of Wood Storks with a single Great Blue Heron was huddled in a canal that runs along side the pond.

Wood Storks and Great Blue Heron
Wood Storks and Great Blue Heron – click image for larger view

The Heron flew off shortly after I took this photo. As it got lighter the Wood Storks started wading down the canal out of my sight.

Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 mm at 105 mm, F4, ISO 3200

Feeding Wood Stork Trio

Swish, swish, turn…repeat…back and forth the Wood Storks go when they find a good feeding spot.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

They stir up the food with their beaks and sometimes use their wings to create shadows in the water so they can see what is moving.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

This trio stuck together for quite awhile and whenever one was the odd man out he quickly rejoined the other two.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

Early Morning Walk

These three Wood Storks were just standing around in the shallow end of the pond.

Wood Stork Walk
Wood Stork Walk

Two decided to relocate on foot, further away of course. They weren’t moving fast but it was less than a minute before they were beyond camera range.

Wood Stork Walk
Wood Stork Walk

A Little Blue Heron tagged along. The smaller birds often follow the larger ones, hoping to share good feeding spots.

Wood Stork Walk
Wood Stork Walk with a Little Blue Heron

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Perfect Landing

Circling at low altitude, the Wood Stork loops several times looking for the perfect spot to drop down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Found it! In this marsh of reeds and canals it was nice of him to pick a spot where I could see the ground.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Pay no attention to others in the landing zone.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing, using his tail for balance

Nailed it! A little ruffle and show off of the green wing tips and he was down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

The Snowy Egret never turned his head.

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Wood Storks

I startled a few of these Wood Storks, which then startled me, when I walked under a tree where they were perched. They took off then settled in on the other side of a small pond.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork – click photo for larger veiw

The path through this sanctuary led underneath the new tree. Knowing they were there I approached slowly and got some nice shots from below.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork – click photo for larger veiw

The pine tree made a  much better backdrop than the usual mud we see them wading in.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork – click photo for larger veiw

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston, SC.