Category Archives: Stork

Love The Landings, Wood Storks

Every time I see a flock of Wood Storks I try to get the ‘grand entrance’.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

One of the privileges of being a wildlife photographer is captures like these.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

Not many people ever get to witness these scenes. I know how fortunate I am.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

A Glossy Ibis Makes An Appearance

While the White Ibis are common here their cousin the Glossy Ibis is not.  We will get a few who venture north, but I rarely see flocks.

A Glossy Ibis Makes An Appearnce
A Glossy Ibis Makes An Appearance

I found this one too far for any close up shots, besides I would have been run over by all these birds if I got too near.

Little Old Man Out For A Stroll

This is close to where a few days before hundreds of Wood Storks were flocking.

Little Old Man Out For A Stroll
Little Old Man Out For A Stroll

Now one solitary bird on a slow walk. Every day it’s different and we just keep looking.

This bird, with the slow hunched walk, always reminds me of a little old man. And they really do amble along in slow motion.

Little Old Man Out For A Stroll
Little Old Man Out For A Stroll

These are two different photographs from the same moment, 10 other images in between. I shot this at high speed.

I was fast, the Stork not so much.

In The Pluff, Storks

With this low water in a marsh the Pluff mud is easy to see. Even the big Storks can find it hard to walk in.

In The Pluff, Storks
In The Pluff, Storks

I have seen birds get stuck in it. Once I thought a Spoonbill would need a rescue they went so deep.

In The Pluff, Storks
In The Pluff, Storks

Pluff is a special mud. It takes hundreds of years of sediment to get just the right consistency. Now it’s like quick sand that smells worse than any low tide you can imagine.

However, I have friends who were born and raised here and swear it’s the ‘Lowcountry Perfume’.

In The Pluff, Storks
In The Pluff, Storks

Acrobatic Black Skimmer

This Black Skimmer moved around and between the Wood Storks, at a high speed of course.

Acrobatic Black Skimmer
Acrobatic Black Skimmer

If he hit a spot that had no opening he just went up a few feet, then quickly back down to continue.

I’m hoping I have some additional shots of him fishing through the middle. It’s amazing to see how quick they turn and twist.

Taken in the ACE Basin area, South Carolina.

Right Down The Middle, Stork

Here a Wood Stork took off and flew right down the middle of the flocks, with a clear background I should add.

Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork

The clear background is the important part here. In a crowded scene like this a bird no matter how big gets lost in the photograph. I was high enough on the dike to get the angle.

Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork

When shooting in a flock it’s way too easy to get caught up and grab everything at a close zoom. This was taken at only about 150 mm.

Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork

Below is the zoomed version.

Right Down The Middle, Stork
Right Down The Middle, Stork

 

In Coming… Wood Stork

From where I was standing this Storks landing path was going to take him right in front of me.

In Coming... Wood Stork
In Coming… Wood Stork

As he came lower I was able to work my long zoom to keep his flight in focus through out.

In Coming... Wood Stork
In Coming… Wood Stork
In Coming... Wood Stork
In Coming… Wood Stork

When Wood Storks land they either make a perfect Olympic gymnastic ‘stick’ worthy of a 10, or need a half mile of runway to slow down.

In Coming... Wood Stork
In Coming… Wood Stork

This guy nailed it right in the center of the flock.