Wood Stork

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I find a unique beauty to this unusual, prehistoric-looking bird, the Wood Stork.

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Wood Stork foraging

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Wood Stork

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Wood Stork, foraging

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Not sure what the commotion was in the water, but there was a sudden, quick take-off while foraging.

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Wood Stork in flight

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Maybe it was the alligator I had spotted here earlier, who seemed to be eyeing a Snowy Egret at that time.

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Toothy Alligator eyeing Snowy Egret

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No worries for the little egret, I watched that scene play out, the Snowy walked away safely.Β  πŸ™‚

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43 thoughts on “Wood Stork

  1. Great captures of the stork Donna, and yes it has a very primitive face. Love your flight shot, as well as the way you captured the gator viewing the egret, great captures all round my friend πŸ™‚

    • Yes, they do, all along the coast/inland wetlands from Texas all the way to the east coast, down into all of Florida and up to South Carolina. The birds and gators co-habitat together, yet any bird can be a meal at any time if the gator so chooses. I get nervous every time I see the scene, and yet never have I witnessed a gator attacking a bird. But they do, I know! 😲 😎

    • From the coastal wetlands of Texas all the way to & down into Florida and then up the coast of South Carolina, birds and gators co-habitat but it definitely is a trial each time to share such close space!

    • Thank you, Deborah! Me too, I hate seeing the gator/bird scene, so afraid I’ll see an attack. But all last winter in Florida and this past month, I’ve never witnessed one. Still I worry each time, I know a gator will do it! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m surprise that you can get that close of this Wood Stork, they are big guys but they get scared so easy. Great captures, Donna. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, HJ! There was a bush that I was able to slowly walk up behind and then slowly, and I mean real slow, side stepped out one slow step at a time to get it in view. The stork was foraging away from me and moving along so that was a plus. I knew they were easily spooked. There was also a Great Egret and a Little Blue Heron behind the Wood Stork, so I wonder if the three together had a feel-safe factor? When the stork took flight, the other two followed but seemed to not know why, they just knew they had to go. I think the sneaky gator was around there somewhere. πŸ˜‰

  3. I imagine the soundtrack of ‘Jaws’ every time I see one of those skulking alligators! πŸ˜‰ I wonder how many birds they manage to catch? I’d rather they stuck to fish. πŸ˜‰

  4. I have never seen a Wood Stork, and welcomes your beautiful shots of it in this post. The alligator one with the egret in front is very well done!

  5. Although not commonly seen or photographed your photos are fabulous!
    Nearly any creature in their natural habitat looks content and satisfied.
    The same is true with these storks. Wonderful pictures Donna!

    • Thank you very much, Eddie! I’ve seen this one in the area before, then gone for days. I was so happy to see it again. I was enroute to the grocery store, just a little side detour! πŸ˜‰

  6. When I first read the blog, I saw “Woodstock” instead of “Wood Stork”. It’s time for me to go to bed. πŸ˜‚
    Beautiful photos, Donna! ❀

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