When we are out shooting the plan is to pick a known area and slowly enter the ‘spots’. However, Wood Storks can be found by watching where they seem to be landing. Open marshes usually.
With luck you can access the area, not always easy with marshes.
On a good day, and that’s only a very few per year, we can get the in flight shots and finally the birds low and feeding.
Here it helped the birds went down into a canal and us on a berm slightly above. At the same level reeds and tall grasses are the problem. Not to mention the birds are almost as tall as us so you need distance to get a whole body shot.
It’s great when it works out !