Category Archives: Stork

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

The other day I heard a sound, maybe my favorite, that I had not heard for much too long. The giant wings of a Wood Stork as they climb to fly.  The marshes are quiet and that sound is unique.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We walked out of the woods to the marsh edge, a flock of Storks watched, but made no mad scramble to escape.

One by one they made the choice to move away. The 6 foot (1.8 meter) wings just lift them in the air  and they slowly moved off.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We were no threat to them so they came down a short distance up the marsh. Others stayed giving us time to shoot and follow along with them as they fed in the dry cane.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

This is a place with few people, many times none. And we were double lucky, there were a few old energy bars in the glove box for lunch.

This ‘social distancing’ works for me.

 

Road Block, Wood Storks

OK, road is a bit of a stretch. However there are old tire ruts down the center of this dike. Large marshes are on either side and the Dept. Natural Resources will drive down here to check water levels at times.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

The photograph above is what we saw as we came out of the woods. The Storks were settled out in the open napping.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

Of course they spotted us.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

We had intended to pass through here. The Storks were already here and settled, so they win.

A few more steps forward to get better range with the long lens was as far as we walked. A change of plan and a walk back where we started.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

 

This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy

Out of place, maybe for the first time ever.

This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy
This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy

An adult Wood Stork can usually look a person right in the eyes. They are tall and most times the biggest in a marsh.

This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy
This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy

The White Pelican is not as tall, but is really big. Probably weighs ten times more than a stork.

This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy
This Is A First, Stork Is The Little Guy

Storks mixed with the Pelicans here, but I could see they were watching them closely.