Category Archives: Stork

Adbim’s Stork

Now this little Stork will certainly get your attention.

Adbim's Stork
Adbim’s Stork

Also known as a White-bellied Stork they are from Ethiopia south to South Africa, and now Florida. An accidental transplant that may or may not be breeding in the US.

Adbim's Stork
Adbim’s Stork

This is a young bird living in the Avian Conservation Center now, fitted with a GPS tracking device.

Adbim's Stork
Adbim’s Stork

She has bonded with people but of course still loves to fly, and poke around visiting photographers.

Adbim's Stork
Adbim’s Stork

It is the smallest species of stork, at 29 inches (73 cm). The species is part of a large international breeding program.

 

Watching Storks

I wasn’t able to get very close to this small flock, they were out in some open water. It’s still nice to see larger groups so I watched and took a few random long shots.

Watching Storks
Watching Storks

This particular Wood Stork flew in to join the flock. In typical Stork fashion he landed right in the middle of all the others. Basically grabbed  a spot.

Watching Storks
Watching Storks
Watching Storks
Watching Storks

 

Wood Stork Flight

A few fast shots as a Wood Stork went by.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight

While they can go faster than you would think they are not erratic. It’s rare to have any quick turns or spins unless they hit a patch of rough air. They are gliders as much as anything.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight

When they do pump those big wings you can hear them.

 

Stork Antics

Maybe he felt something squishy on his foot, I don’t know.

Stork Antics
Stork Antics

I was focused around and on this group and the Wood Stork jumped up, as if to quickly take off.

Stork Antics
Stork Antics

Nope, no flight. He came right back down as if nothing happened.

Almost lost this landing shot since a Snowy Egret bombed right through here.

 

 

Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot

At the edge of a marsh pond there are huge old pines. This is a common spot for Eagles, Hawks, and at one time Wood Storks.

The Storks seem to have rediscovered it.

Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot

A few fun shots here. Storks are typically a calm bird. This time though they were not pleased to be sharing their space.

Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot
Wood Storks, Old Favorite Spot