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Feeding Wood Stork

OK, this was a first.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

I’ve been close to Wood Storks, but close is a relative thing. This is wildlife and you always keep a respectful distance. Unless the Stork lands and feeds almost on top of you.

Feeding Wood Stork
Feeding Wood Stork

I had to move to get him in the view finder. Apparently there were schools of small fish right here.

 

Common Gallinule

One of the few times a Gallinule didn’t run away screaming. This male sat there letting me get an angle for the shot.

Besides showing off the ‘candy corn’ plastic beak his feet are on full display. Those huge toes allow the bird to walk on top of marsh/swamp vegetation. With wings flapping they can almost walk on water.

Common Gallinule
Common Gallinule

One of the strangest birds out here.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

This Great Egret underestimated the fish he had spotted flying by. I underestimated the breeze across the water for good focus. The Egret was the real loser, at least I caught a few action shots.

Below the Egret dropped down to the waters surface while flying by. Not common behavior, risky actually, but I’ve seen it before.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

Yes he grabbed a fish while hovering in the air.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

Unfortunately the fish turned out to be bigger than the bird thought.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

He dropped the fish back in the water.

We Both Underestimated, Great Egret
We Both Underestimated, Great Egret

There was nothing he could do. This was deep water, the center of a pond in rice fields. I’m sure he would not touch bottom. Besides this spot is filled with alligators. Swimming is not an option.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

Two fun shots trying to capture as many different birds as possible. Shot too far, too wide, but a big collection. And of course a few Alligators way in the back. The list I found is below.

Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Yellow-legs
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Gallinule
  • Grackles
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

The second shot was taken as I walked a little closer. Here there are four different bird species.