Tag Archives: Wood Stork

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.

Wood Stork Flying Low

The tide was nearly low and the wading birds were steadily gathering food in the condensed water at the edge of the marsh. A group of six or eight Wood Storks waded back and forth mostly with their heads down searching for fish.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight – Peak a Boo – click photo for larger view

As the water continued to drain, occasionally they would fly back to where the water was deeper.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight  – click photo for larger view

The moon-scape look of the exposed sand made this stork with his big shadow look even more pre-historic.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight with shadow and reflection  – click photo for larger view

Wood Stork in Flight

I’ve not had much success getting shots of the larger wading birds in flight with any context even with all the recent photography opportunities nearby. They are so big it’s hard to get a good angle that includes so much as a tree.

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight

These photographs of a Wood Stork do give a sense of their wingspan, even with nothing else but the sky in the photos. And their subtle green color is shown off when the wings are flapping “down.”

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight

Wading Bird Extravaganza

We found the mother lode today. Of wading birds, that is. A state managed wildlife area near us controls the water depth in these impoundments to “provide quality habitat” for various bird species. Some days you go here and see nothing. Today was nothing short of amazing.

Wading Birds
Wading Birds spread across the impoundment – click photo for larger view

At this time of year the water is kept low in various spots and the wading birds get access to an ample supply of easily obtainable food. There were so many birds it was hard to get a good shot of the group. In addition to those seen here Roseate Spoonbills, Tri-color Heron, Skimmers, and Great Blue Heron were well represented and all mixed in together.

Wading Birds
Wading Birds: Wood Stork, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis, Black Necked Stilt  – click photo for larger view

Over the course of the three hours we watched this morning groups moved around to various areas of the pond or left, perhaps full and looking for a cooler spot to spend the rest of the day.

Wading Birds
Wading Birds – Snowy Egrets taking flight – click photo for larger view