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.
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 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.
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.
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.