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.
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.
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.
The fluffy white clouds were building up pretty quickly and provided a more interesting background than plain blue sky.
The Wood Storks were just standing around after having fed at sunrise, while the Snowy Egret was making a fuss. Snowy Egrets are known for their active foraging and strutting as they stir up food in shallow ponds or inlets.
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?
I waited too long and the Wood Storks took off.
It was clear they were leaving not just settling into another tree as they circled to an altitude where they fly for distance.
There were at least thirty, many more than had been visible in that tree from my vantage point.