Category Archives: Stork

A Great Gathering

The Lowcountry is known as one of the biggest and best wild bird areas in the country. Even here though finding a gathering like this is special. Something you see only a few times a year.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

These photographs capture a small piece of the different flocks.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

When the water levels are just right all the different species come together to feed.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

When the water rises, or food is depleted, they will move to other areas around the marshes. Unfortunately for us most of the locations are inaccessible. Of course this is exactly why the animals come here in the first place.

Working The Shallow Marsh

This is a magical scene we rarely get to witness, especially close up.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

White Pelican are surface feeders, not divers. They also work as a unit if part of a flock. Above they have pulled close together and slowly swim forward, driving the fish ahead.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

As the water gets more shallow the fish are trapped and feeding begins.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

This marsh has become more of a watering hole. In the photographs above many other birds can be seen in the background. Wood Storks being the most obvious, but there are Egrets, Ibis, Gull and even smaller Avocet.

This time of year, if lucky, we can come across groups like this with hundreds of birds. The jack pot ? Thousands.

Hiding In A Mangrove, Wood Stork

The last few weeks were all about tropical birds, salt marshes, and of course warm tropical weather.

But something was missing…Wood Storks. Tarpon Bay, Ding Darling, and Corkscrew (Florida locations) a tropical home to the Storks had just these few.

Hiding In A Mangrove, Wood Stork
Hiding In A Mangrove, Wood Stork

Maybe they all moved to the Lowcountry to get away from people. There are plenty here in South Carolina.

Most Everyone Was Here

In this group of photographs there were not too many marshland birds not represented. I usually am happy to get two different breeds in a single shot. In a few there are 5/6 species.

Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here

Above includes Wood Storks, White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron.

That’s a pretty impressive gathering.

Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here

A double-crested Cormorant joined the party in the last two photos.

Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here
Most Everyone Was Here a

The only bird missing from the usual suspects is an Anhinga.

Taken at ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Wood Stork, New Location

While we do get to shoot Wood Storks in flight often, this one was special.

Wood Stork, New Location
Wood Stork, New Location

The area where I captured these never has any.

Wood Stork, New Location
Wood Stork, New Location

It does now, which is great for many reasons.

Wood Stork, New Location
Wood Stork, New Location

The first being it means they are still increasing their territory after being almost extinct.

Wood Stork, New Location
Wood Stork, New Location

Another reason, it is right by my house and they are one of my favorite subjects.