Tag Archives: Wood Stork

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.

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