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A Huge Flock of Wood Storks!

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!

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Wordless Fri.: Flying Waders

Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

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Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

Wood Stork

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Wood Stork

Wood Storks at Lake Mira-Mar in The Villages

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!

 

A Lone Wood Stork

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!

Some Avian Villagers

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!

Wood Stork

Double-Crested Cormorants

White Ibis

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Tri-Colored Heron

Anhinga Drying its Wings

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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!

 

 

 

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