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!
This Wood Stork was hunting for dinner at the small pond at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, Florida when I photographed the exotic bird on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in the later afternoon. The Wood Storks have seldom been around the community in recent months. Some are beginning to come our way as the weather changes.
Wood Storks hunt by wading in very shallow water and scooping small fish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, frogs, small alligators, aquatic insects, and small crayfish. They use their very hard scoop-like bill and filter out unwanted objects and water and then they swallow. These birds have been on the endangered species list until recently and I believe they are now considered as a threatened species. I love seeing them here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the picture. Enjoy!
Drake Hooded Merganser Duck
Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes. It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.
There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe! It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching! I am sure many of the readers here will agree! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo! Enjoy!
Anhinga Drying its Wings
Twelve Wood Storks were at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course in The Villages, FL, on 11/19/18. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! I want to extend my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the photo. I took the picture with my cell phone. The big bird was at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL, on 9/17/18.
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!
I just took this photo of the Wood Stork about a half-hour ago at dusk on a very wet evening. We have had a lot of rain and the lake is full. The lake is being lowered to accommodate the extra rain we have been having. I took the pictures at Lake Paradise in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!