This small flock of Wood Storks were spotted at Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida on Friday, May 12, 2017. The wonderfully serene but unusual-looking wading birds were here to enjoy the pickings of the remaining aquatic snails, worms, small minnows, tadpoles, frogs and such in the shallow water. The lake is extremely diminished from its normal water level.
Happily, we did have a big rain on Saturday here but it did not do too much to raise the lake’s level. The Wood Storks were only on the lake that one day. I hope we see them again soon! They are one of my favorites! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL
I have selected favorite photographs I have taken in Florida in the last three years to share here today. I tend to love Wood Storks, all the different woodpeckers, assorted ducks, and the various herons and egret,s the best! I hope you will like seeing these old favorites!
Wood Stork in The Villages, FL
A Little Blue Heron in The Villages, FL
A Green Heron in Dunellon, FL
A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage, The Villages,
Snowy Egret, The Villages, FL
A Pileated Woodpecker, Ocala, FL
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This group of Wood Storks was here in December but several are still around the area. The Wood Storks are genuinely odd-looking sweet big birds! I love seeing them here.
Wood Storks roost in trees but wade in shallow water to hunt for crustaceans, aquatic snails, larger aquatic insects, small fish, shore-side large land insects, and worms. The Wood Storks also eat grains and plants on occasion.
Mostly the Wood Storks just stand around. That seems to really be the case. Wood Storks are very passive calmer birds and that helps make them easy to photograph. I sometimes wonder what they are thinking and doing? Fascinating birds. By the way, the younger birds have lighter-colored pink feet (Wood Storks of all ages do have pink feet) and lighter-colored bills. I have read that Wood Storks may fly some fifty miles from their own roost area to find enough food. That seems amazing! They sure are good at flying! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
These Wood Storks were visiting our neighborhood park lake this past week. We recently had some needed rain so our lake has risen a little since I took these pictures on Dec. 4, 2016. I took the pictures at Schwartz Park here in The Villages, FL on Lake Paradise. The birds were standing in mere inches of water in the middle of the lake! I think the fishing was good. There also were White Pelicans, Great Egrets, and a lot of ducks! Please click on the thumbnail image to view a slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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!
Great Blue Heron & Wood Stork
This Wood Stork was strolling around the shore of the Santiago golf course pond in The Villages, Florida, a few days ago with several other wading and shorebirds. Amazingly, a Bald Eagle overlooked the scene. I am thrilled to see the Wood Stork as it has been several months since I last spotted any Wood Storks here in The Villages.
The Wood Stork uses its large thick bill to scoop through the mud for bits of worms, snails, insects, aquatic plants and pretty much any small aquatic animals to eat. I just love seeing these endangered species list big birds! I think they are so serene and unique. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Stork & Glossy Ibis