Category Archives: Stork

Wood Storks In A New Location

It wasn’t that long ago the Wood Stork was on the endangered list. Their numbers were dropping and could find less and less suitable habitats.

Wood Storks IIn A New Location
Wood Storks IIn A New Location

There are still plenty of problems but the Wood Stork is a success story. They are off the endangered list and extending their breeding grounds.

Wood Storks IIn A New Location
Wood Storks IIn A New Location

Recently changes were made to old rice fields in Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation creating a better flow of water levels. Within a few months adult Wood Storks started to show up in the marshes.

The fact they are adults is important. Breeding season starts soon and rather than being south of us already they are still here. It might be another group will create a local rookery nearby.

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Egret, Stork, Marsh Muck

The muck and mud can make for a poor background in images, but it’s where they live.

Egret, Marsh Muck
Egret, Marsh Muck
Egret, Marsh Muck
Egret, Marsh Muck

Actually this area is not as bad as some.

Egret, Marsh Muck
Egret, Marsh Muck

It doesn’t bother them at all. Proof is the Wood Stork below.

Stork, Marsh Muck
Stork, Marsh Muck

He just stuck his long legs out and took a seat.

Wood Stork Over The Reeds

This is a good example of the tall reeds and their fall colors. The Wood Stork was flying low over this marsh giving me a good opportunity to photograph the flight.

Wood Stork Over The Reeds
Wood Stork Over The Reeds
Wood Stork Over The Reeds
Wood Stork Over The Reeds

The reeds are at least as tall as a person here make for a great back drop. However, I certainly wouldn’t want to push my way through them this time of year.

Wood Stork Over The Reeds
Wood Stork Over The Reeds

This Stork didn’t want to deal with them either. He flew right by and off to some open grassland.

 

Stork Overhead

We had a typical early fall the other day. By that I mean cool morning, hot afternoon, and wildlife a little spotty.

Stork Overhead
Stork Overhead

I must always give a caveat after making a statement like that. I would have been ecstatic up north with what I call a ‘spotty day’.

Stork Overhead
Stork Overhead

Most of the large wading birds were passing through heading else where.

Stork Overhead

This Wood Stork is one of only a few I found. I went to several different marshes too.

Stork Overhead

If I went back to the same places later on I might have found dozens. It’s the nature of shooting wildlife.