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Birds at the Lake, Part 3

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Double Crested Cormorants, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers all visited the little park lake (Paradise Lake) here in the past two weeks.

An interesting thing about Wood Storks is how they sit.  Their knees bend so that their lower legs rest in front – quite the opposite from many animals. and of course, people.

I took these pictures on Dec. 21-22, 2016.  Most of these water birds are meat-eaters and they certainly had easy fishing since our lake is drying up (we are in a drought).  I wish all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

 

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Comments on: "Birds at the Lake, Part 3" (4)

  1. That’s so interesting about the Wood Storks, and so unusual.

    • Hi Montucky, I thought so too about the Wood Storks. Stunning to see this in all of them. At first, I had assumed it was a deformed individual. Have a super good day today! Enjoy the scenery and forest (snow too).

  2. Hello, great photos and wonderful birds. I have never seen the Wood Storks sitting like that, it is neat. Enjoy your day and the week ahead! I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

    • Hi Eileen, It is quite interesting to see the storks sit. The little lake is nearly dry on the far shallow end. I spotted about 8 Sandhill Cranes and a bunch of Ibis and ducks there this afternoon at about 5:00. Pretty soon it will be just mud there. We have had so little rain. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

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