This pair of Wood Storks was spotted last Thursday afternoon on the park shore-line of little Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL at Spanish Springs. The storks were just hanging out along with a mob of White Ibis and several Mottled Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
The Wood Storks are here several times a year and this spot seems to be a favorite of theirs. One Wood Stork was up near the parking lot and the other was close to the little dock area. I always enjoy seeing these serene big exotic wading birds! I believe the one closest to the parking area is an older stork. The Wood Storks live about 12 years or so. Their head gets covered with hard bony like growths and their bill gets darker as they age. Always a treat to see the Wood Storks! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!