Category Archives: Stork

Stork, (Over) Old Rice Fields

There is no shot of the rice fields, just the Stork fly by. However, I was on a dike between the marshes and old rice field. Here 99% of all stork shots are flying in the other direction.

He surprised me and I almost didn’t take any shots.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

Below you can see the green tint on the black wing tips. The light must hit the wings a certain way for that to be visible.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

He continued going in the ‘wrong’ direction ultimately landing in the back end of the marsh. Where of course there is no access.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

The Wood Stork is found in subtropical and tropical habitats in the Americas, including the Caribbean. (Wikipedia). However, like everything else things have changed. You can find them in the Lowcountry most all year. A cold January they might go to Florida for a month. But we might too.

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

If you should walk up on a Wood Stork, be prepared to have a huge bird look you in the eye (around 5 feet).

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

Wood Storks circle as high as an Eagle but like this one a low fly by is how they check out places to land.

A few different Storks came by but all went off towards the furthest marshes.

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

 

Stork Public Baths

Another one of those ‘you can’t make this up’ moments.

We have all seen Sparrows, or other small birds splashing in puddles. This, well a flock of Wood Storks all bathing in a marsh.

Stork Public Baths
Stork Public Baths
Stork Public Baths
Stork Public Baths

I’ve never seen this before. They were nesting not far from this spot.

Stork Public Baths
Stork Public Baths

There was an Egret in the mix, but he was completely over shadowed by the much larger Wood Storks.

Harris Neck, Georgia.

Marsh Fly By, Wood Stork

This is the time of year we need to work harder for the larger birds. After mating season they spread out, many heading out to the larger marshes of the ACE Basin. No more easy pickings in the swamp rookeries.

Marsh Fly By, Wood Stork
Marsh Fly By, Wood Stork

This was one of several that came in low over the Donnelley WMA dikes. The water level has been high, even for them, so they go right by.

Marsh Fly By, Wood Stork
Marsh Fly By, Wood Stork

Wood Stork Interested In This Rookery

While in a smaller rookery a Wood Stork dropped in. For the usual Egrets and small wading birds this was a good spot. Wood Storks though, maybe not.

Like people good real estate is hard to find so I guess he was out shopping.

Wood Stork Interested in This Rookery
Wood Stork Interested In This Rookery

For a while the Stork sat around watching.

Wood Stork Interested In This Rookery
Wood Stork Interested In This Rookery

Right after my last shot he dropped down the other side of the tree. At some point he left.

Too many loud neighbors would be my guess. Storks are picky like that.

Port Royal, South Carolina.