Category Archives: Stork

Lost And Found, Stork

The first Wood Stork of the day, and I had plenty of time to focus and follow him. That’s what caused the problem I guess, too much time. I followed him right into the sun and grabbed a single shot in flight. However, I heard him and found him again.

Lost And Found, Stork
Lost And Found, Stork

I’m not sure who did the squawking.

Lost And Found, Stork
Lost And Found, Stork
Lost And Found, Stork
Lost And Found, Stork

The Wood Stork landed next to a Black Vulture. I assume it was not the Vulture, I think they just ‘hiss’.

Lost And Found, Stork
Lost And Found, Stork

So I salvaged the series, or rather the stork did.

Tree Of Storks

It’s always nice to find and photo a Wood Stork. But really, a tree full is so much better.

Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks

When I see the storks it’s almost always in the marsh water, with mud. Mud has a way of making a photograph a little less exciting.

Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks

These Wood Storks picked a perfect spot, even though we were still in a marsh.

Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks
Tree Of Storks

Clear blue sky and a huge green pine with no mud in sight.

Mosquito Creek, Yawkey Wildlife Area, South Carolina.

Colony Of Wood Storks

Wood Storks have moved into the neighborhood. Enough are around now to be considered a colony (a flock of storks).

Colony Of Wood Storks
Colony Of Wood Storks

The change in weather has helped these big birds to make a comeback. They were on the endangered list a few years ago. It’s warmer and they discovered the Lowcountry marshes. However typically we have only one or two in our nearby marshes.

Colony Of Wood Storks
Colony Of Wood Storks
Colony Of Wood Storks
Colony Of Wood Storks

Being one of my favorite birds it’s nice to have them close by.

Colony Of Wood Storks
Colony Of Wood Storks

These photographs were taken on an afternoon walk. Afternoon being the key word here… it’s warm and takes no planning. Just make sure there’s a battery in the camera as you leave.

Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron

There was a moment the Great Blue was not sure how to react.

Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron

The Wood Stork casually brushed past the Great Blue. He was digging for food and the Heron was of no importance.

Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron
Taking A Walk, Stork, Heron

Great Blues are one of the big predators in the marshes. But even they try not to upset a Wood Stork.

I was not close but thought it would make a nice series.

Monochrome, Egret, Stork

Both of these shots were taken a few weeks ago in a salt marsh near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The area is a big tourist destination, however along the coastline there are plenty of wildlife locations too.

Below a Great Egret landed nearby and slide for stop. Birds were feeding along a rock causeway in a salt marsh.

Monochrome, Egret, Stork
Monochrome, Egret, Stork

This Wood Stork was one of several also working the rocks in this marsh.

Monochrome, Egret, Stork
Monochrome, Egret, Stork

I think we get spoiled with so many options in the Lowcountry. I like to work with monochrome for something different. The ‘less is more’ makes you work and think a little more.

I So Hoped I Didn’t Miss This Shot

This opportunity came when I was trying to sneak away from a large flock of Egrets. Ellen remained down in the marsh brush, I left to try for different nearby spots. And then a few noticed me behind the trail scrub trees.

Through a small opening I saw these two.

I So Hoped I Didn’t Miss This Shot.
I So Hoped I Didn’t Miss This Shot.

It was going to be a nice quick action shot, or a complete bust.

I So Hoped I Didn’t Miss This Shot.
I So Hoped I Didn’t Miss This Shot.

I like these. Just different enough yet capturing the usual in flight pose.