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Another Wordless Wednesday: Wood Stork

These pictures were taken this afternoon at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks

Wood Storks have been here in The Villages, FL pretty much all year.  These are among several of my favorite photographs of the Wood Storks.  These birds are not much on looks but are easy-going big exotic wading birds.  I enjoy seeing these birds quite a lot!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Wood Stork Wednesday

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This migratory flock of Wood Storks was seen on Nov. 17, 2016 at the small lake right behind Freedom Pointe assisted living facilities on El Camino in The Villages, FL.  The placid storks were among a throng of egrets, herons, ducks, geese and cormorants at the two side by side little lakes.

The Wood Storks are a threatened species that has been known to fly as far as fifty miles from its nest in search of foods like:  aquatic worms, snails, small fish, small turtles, frogs and fish or frog eggs.

The Wood Storks are so calm and enjoyable to watch.  They seem to be curious about people but are unfazed when people are in their vicinity.  They are not “Tame” but are wild exotic birds.  It is very important that people to not feed Wood Storks as it will cause them to become dependent on people’s hand-outs and then the birds will not hunt naturally as much (and the handouts may prove unhealthy for their system).  Another thing is that it is against Florida law to feed exotic birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

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A Wood Stork Hunting for Dinner

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I happened on this lone Wood Stork hunting for its supper on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in the murky water of a small lake within a park.   By the way, Wood Storks use that big heavy bill to scoop through the shallow water to catch prey.

The place where the Wood Stork was located was at the end of a thin arm of the lake.  The water had a lot of algae in it, and also a small amount of trash blown in from the adjacent highway.  It has been very hot and stormy here in the last week.

I also saw a few ducks, geese, and a Great Egret near the area where the stork was feeding.  I always enjoy seeing the Wood Storks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

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