Category Archives: Stork

Walking With Storks (1)

This was a good find, and a great way to start a day. Especially since it was dull and (for us) a little chilly.

Walking With Storks (1)
Walking With Storks (1)

I walked out to the edge of a marsh and found a small flock of Wood Storks feeding in a dip of wet cane.

Walking With Storks (1)
Walking With Storks (1)

A few flew off as expected. Most just slowly walked away along the side of the marsh.

These shots, plus a few to be finished, came about because I could walk right along the high side keeping enough distance and wetlands between us for them to be comfortable.

Walking With Storks (1)
Walking With Storks (1)

They obviously knew we were there but the slow speed and space was good with the birds.

Wood Storks are large impressive birds, it’s special to be able to walk and photograph them like this.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Stork Pushing Through

From a day where just about every local species was in the same location. That doesn’t happen very often.

Stork Pushing Through
Stork Pushing Through

I had picked out the Wood Stork as the primary subject here. No reason other than I than I like them.

Because the food was so plentiful the usual fighting and territory disputes were at a minimum. All they were interested in was catching the prey before any other bird did.

Stork Pushing Through
Stork Pushing Through

The Stork had the advantage of being the tallest so they could look around and take advantage of open spots in the midst of the chaos.

 

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

The other day I heard a sound, maybe my favorite, that I had not heard for much too long. The giant wings of a Wood Stork as they climb to fly.  The marshes are quiet and that sound is unique.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We walked out of the woods to the marsh edge, a flock of Storks watched, but made no mad scramble to escape.

One by one they made the choice to move away. The 6 foot (1.8 meter) wings just lift them in the air  and they slowly moved off.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We were no threat to them so they came down a short distance up the marsh. Others stayed giving us time to shoot and follow along with them as they fed in the dry cane.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

This is a place with few people, many times none. And we were double lucky, there were a few old energy bars in the glove box for lunch.

This ‘social distancing’ works for me.

 

Road Block, Wood Storks

OK, road is a bit of a stretch. However there are old tire ruts down the center of this dike. Large marshes are on either side and the Dept. Natural Resources will drive down here to check water levels at times.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

The photograph above is what we saw as we came out of the woods. The Storks were settled out in the open napping.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

Of course they spotted us.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

We had intended to pass through here. The Storks were already here and settled, so they win.

A few more steps forward to get better range with the long lens was as far as we walked. A change of plan and a walk back where we started.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks