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Wood Storks occasionally visit The Villages, FL but usually we see maybe six or seven in one spot.  This morning I saw sixty Wood Storks, many of them juveniles, at the El Santiago Golf Course pond on the El Camino Avenue end near the multi-modal path.

I think that due to the recent tropical storm to the NW of us on the coast, this flock has migrated.  We are fortunate to have seen the whole group together.  By the way, the juveniles have the fuzzy head and nearly ivory-white bills.  Wood storks begin to have a large ivory-white bony plate on their head (no feathers or fuzz) and have a darker bill as they age.

I also saw an adult Wood Stork trying to eat a very large catfish that it caught in its huge bill.  The effort did briefly attract the attention of a Great Blue Heron, but the heron got the message that it would not be able to steal the fish away!  The flock was at the pond in four separate groupings so I tried to represent some of each group with these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo.  Enjoy!



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