Wood Storks are really wonderful big wading birds! I especially enjoy observing the rather unusual-looking rare birds. A few Wood Storks have been around the ponds and small lakes of The Villages development here in Florida, recently. Wood Storks dine on aquatic life such as fish, frogs, snails, worms, insects, crayfish, eggs, and small reptiles. Once in a while, they will eat small birds, and even small rodents.
These birds are not park pets and are wild. The Wood Storks are just visiting the general area a while because of the plentiful natural food and numerous small lakes where many other types of wading birds are often present.
I took these pictures at varying times during the last couple of months at a small park lake close to the Spanish Springs Square near the parking lot of the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!