These Wood Storks were spotted along with a truly stunning assortment of waterfowl and wading birds at the Tuscawilla Park near downtown Ocala, Florida on January 15, 2015. This park is a rather traditional older city park with a quiet roadway running in-between the two large ponds in the park. I saw hundreds of wild wading birds and ducks while I was there, including White Ibis; Great Egrets; Whistling Ducks; Coots; Common Cormorants; and younger American White Pelicans!
All of these birds I mention, are migratory visitors to the park. These birds did seem calm around people, and looked like they are used to the visitors this neighborhood park with playground and community center, attracts. I kept an appropriate distance but did get pretty good close up views using my long lens. The Wood Storks though calm and friendly here, are considered rare and threatened. The Wood Storks were once on the Endangered Species Lists here in the U.S. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!