Great Egrets and Wood Storks

Sadly with the lack of rain in Florida, many wading birds are pretty much forced to be in tight groups as they attempt to get whatever food they can as the water levels drop in this pond. This also gives photographers an opportunity to photograph wading birds in their natural habitat.



Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden


Link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_egret/id



Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden

Sharing the water area with the Great Egrets are a few Wood Storks. I love how the sun reveals that shimmering green within their iridescent black wings.

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Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links

http://fl.audubon.org/birds/wood-stork

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/wood-stork/


 

The Beautiful Wood Stork

There are so many people that I have come across that cannot identify wildlife that is common to Flordia. “Ya, that big white bird.” and that is concerning.

One thing about wildlife/nature photography is to LEARN as much as you can about what you are photographing, or at least know what species it is.

This is not just a white bird, this is a very uniquely created wading bird, and is on the threatened species list due to loss of habitat.

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Wood Stork

The Wood Stork is a beautiful bird, just a simple wading bird with a powerful profile.

 

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Wood Stork perched on a snag limb. 

 

Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/wood-stork/

http://fl.audubon.org/birds/wood-stork

https://www.fpl.com/environment/pdf/wood-stork.pdf

https://www.fws.gov/northflorida/WoodStorks/wood-storks.htm