Now this little Stork will certainly get your attention.
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.
This is a young bird living in the Avian Conservation Center now, fitted with a GPS tracking device.
She has bonded with people but of course still loves to fly, and poke around visiting photographers.
It is the smallest species of stork, at 29 inches (73 cm). The species is part of a large international breeding program.
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.
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.
A few fast shots as a Wood Stork went by.
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.
When they do pump those big wings you can hear them.
Maybe he felt something squishy on his foot, I don’t know.
I was focused around and on this group and the Wood Stork jumped up, as if to quickly take off.
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.
I do love to get something different.
Who knew a Wood Stork would have such a fun time taking a bath.
He’s almost smiling.
No award winners here, but good for a smile.
Not an opportunity I get very often.
Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
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.
A few fun shots here. Storks are typically a calm bird. This time though they were not pleased to be sharing their space.
Can’t beat the view here.
Donnelley WMA, South Carolina.