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Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Quite a Few Wood Storks Visiting

Wood Storks are among my very favorite of the big birds.  There are a lot of Wood Storks around the various ponds and lakes here in The Villages, FL, right now.  They seem to come several times every year to feed and enjoy our lovely small lakes.

Wood Storks are still on the “Threatened Species” list so I am glad to see so many here.  I think due to conservation efforts these birds are happily on the rebound!  Wood Storks mostly feed on small fish, tadpoles and small frogs, as well as aquatic worms, snails and occasionally, grains and seeds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks in The Villages

I am seeing a lot more Wood Storks right now here in The Villages, Florida.  They prefer wading in marshy areas like the edges of ponds lakes.  Wood Storks are aquatic meat-eating (small fish are preferred) birds and rarely will dine on seeds.

Wood Storks are terrific flyers and roost in tall trees in colonies.  These birds generally live about 11-13 years.  The juveniles are the ones with the bony plated head with light brown fuzzy feathering and light-colored big bills.  Wood Storks remain a threatened species here in the USA.

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Almost Wordless Wednesday

White Pelicans &  Wood Stork at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond

I took these pictures early last evening 10/21/19 in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cormorants, Geese, Egrets, Herons at Freedom Pointe Lake

Wood Storks at Freedom Pointe Lake

Double-crested Cormorants at Freedom Pointe Lake

 

Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

Double-crested Cormorant at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

Great Egret at the Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

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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Wading Birds at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Tri-Colored Heron

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and a Tri-Color Heron were spotted this past week at the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL.  This little lake borders a golf course, an assisted living complex, and a boulevard with golf cart multi-modal pathway.  It is often busy with wading birds during the Fall through Spring months.  I enjoy visiting this area as it is easy to see the birds from the path or the parking area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

 

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Cormorant, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

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