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Wood Storks

Wood Storks are seen here in The Villages, FL every now and then.  They fly together in small flocks and stay for several days.  These larger wading birds eat grains, small fish, frogs, small tender turtles, small alligators, and aquatic snails.

We have had minor flooding here and I spotted a pair of these Wood Storks strolling down flooded Kim Street at Boone Park on Lake Paradise earlier this evening.  The storks were accompanied by a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron and several Mottled Ducks.  The other stork was spotted in the parking lot at the flooded Lake Mira-mar in The Villages.  I had to take several of the pictures from quite a distance because of the flooded Boone Park and Kim Street areas (the other bird, which was at Lake Mira-mar, was quite close to our golf cart).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Younger and Old Wood Storks

Wood Stork at Paradise Lake on 8/6/17

Wood Storks have been spotted here in The Villages, FL at several small park and golf course lakes.  I have seen these amazing big birds at Lake Mira-mar near Spanish Springs; at the Lago El Santiago (Santiago Golf Pond on Enrique Dr.); and also at Paradise Lake at Paradise Park, and also at Boone Park.  Happily to note, Paradise Lake is full of water!  Hooray!  The birds are enjoying it and for the first time in nearly a year, the ornamental waterfalls have been once again turned on!

The younger Wood Storks have a brighter and lighter bill and look a lot less weathered and aged.  Old Wood Storks have a huge craggy darker bill – nearly a light charcoal grey.  Wood Storks are on the “Threatened” list of birds here in the United States.  A few years ago, these birds were considered as “Endangered”.  I enjoy watching these unusual-looking exotic wild birds and are always on the look-out for them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the image.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks at Paradise Lake on 8/6/17

Wood Stork at Lake Mira-mar, 8/3/17

Wood Stork at Lago El Santiago, 8/2/17

Wood Storks

I photographed these two Wood Storks in The Villages, Florida, this last Sunday.  One of the two storks was walking off toward a small pond at a country club just off Buena Vista Blvd. near El Camino, while the other was spotted about a mile away on the shoreline of the El Santiago golf course pond on Enrique Drive.

Wood Storks have been around this community in recent weeks.  I think we do see them quite a bit in July, and also in the Spring months here.

The big white and black birds often fly many miles from their nest rookeries to find food.  They prefer small fish, crayfish, snails, aquatic worms, smaller turtles, and baby alligators.

I have found the demeanor of Wood Storks to be quite placid and easy-going but it is likely they are just resting a bit when I happen by.  I always give the birds quite a lot of space so as to not stress them while I observe or photograph them.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wildlife at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL

Snowy Egret

A trio of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Wood Stork with a Great Egret, and a hunting Snowy Egret were all spotted at the lovely Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida.  I spotted these at Boone Park and at Schwartz Park, which is right around the corner basically, from Boone Park.  Both small pocket parks have a nice viewing area and the water at Boone has filled in nicely after the drought.

This is a neighborhood residential lake with three parks on it.  The larger park of the trio is Paradise Park.  I often go to this lake to watch for larger birds.  I also occasionally spot Sandhill Cranes such as the trio I photographed in flight above the adjacent neighborhood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Cranes

Wood Stork and Great Egret

Florida Mottled Ducks

 

The Lone Wood Stork

I spotted this very placid old Wood Stork standing in the parking lot at the side of Lake Miramar in The Villages, Fl on June 14, 2017.

This beautiful big wading bird is old as evidenced by the very dark horny bill and darker leathery skin on its face and neck.

I have read where some Wood Storks will fly upwards of fifty miles from their nest to obtain food.  I doubt this one flew that far, but it is interesting to hear of that fact.

This Wood Stork may have been in the parking lot expecting to be treated to bread or crackers or corn as some folks still feed the ibis crowd and the ducks.  I have also previously seen Wood Storks eating human-given food in this place.  The bird was evidently attracted by golf carts and cars in the vicinity.  I strongly do not recommend feeding exotic birds (It is against the law in many places including Florida).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

The Big Birds of May

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, a Limpkin, a few Wood Storks, and a lot of White Ibis, and Snowy Egrets (not pictured), were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida last month, May, 2017.

We often spot the egrets herons and ibis, but the cranes, wood storks, glossy ibis, and limpkin, are only spotted during certain months of the year (Sandhill Cranes being the most easily seen of this particular group of wading birds).  We also get to see Tri-colored Herons and Little Blue Herons on occasion.

These larger wading birds enjoy the many small and medium-sized lakes here in our community where the food is usually abundant.  We are recovering from a recent drought so the lakes happily are refilling with recent rains.

Most of these big birds eat aquatic snails, frogs, worms, and small fish.  Some of the birds such as Sandhill Cranes also eat grains and seeds.  I always enjoy getting out and spotting both songbirds and these big beauties!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Limpkin

White Pelicans, Great Egret

Wood Storks

 

White Ibis

Great Egret

Sandhill Crane

Wood Storks

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!

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