A juvenile Wood Stork found near a trunk (water gate).
Due to the birds light coloring, and the distance he was from the background, the shot works well in a monochrome.
Everything is so ‘busy’ here getting an image with decent definition can be hard.
This is a ‘one shot makes the day’ type of photograph.
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
This was a big wing span, at least 6 feet (1.8 meters). Most impressive as he turned directly in front of me to make a low pass over a marsh.
You expect to see birds in a tree.
One about the same size as yourself does make you stop for a moment.
Another bird who has decided they like the Lowcountry.
Not long ago they were endangered. Now they are year round, and showing up all over the area.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
Storks, like all birds, look for a place to settle in for the night. This was late afternoon when a small group came back from feeding.
Storks are a little different when roosting. They need some place a bit larger than the average bird.
Like a huge pine.
This is a ‘bird nerd’ thing but…
Wood Storks look to have black wing feathers, however if you look closely here you will see the iridescent green coloring.
Most photographs don’t catch this subtle shading unless the light and angle are right.
A scheduled post
Here a Wood Stork was moving down one of the canals, or cuts, in a big marsh. The shot was taken from the top of the dike holding this side of a marsh.
There was not much of a sun glare allowing me to catch the details of the big bird.
There was mud visible on this morning, the cut was low. To me it’s just part of the natural environment out there.
Wood Stork in the ACE Basin, South Carolina.