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Wood Stork ~ I FEEL Pretty by AuntDot

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Captured at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 154 mm

Wood Stork ~ Tall and Proud

From Homosassa Wildlife State Park:
Wood Stork
Scientific Name: Mycteria americana
These birds are found in cypress swamps, marshes, ponds and lagoons in fresh, brackish and salt water habitats from South Carolina to Florida. In 1984 the Wood Stork was listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It is also listed as endangered by the State of Florida.

From Wikipedia:
The Wood Stork…is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was formerly called the “Wood Ibis”, though it is not really an ibis. The Wood Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird that flies with its neck outstretched and legs extended. It forages usually where lowering water levels concentrate fish in open wetlands; it also frequents paddy fields. Walking slowly and steadily in shallow water up to its belly, it seeks prey, which, like that of most of its relatives, consists of fish, frogs and large insects. It catches fish by holding its bill open in the water until a fish is detected.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks so much, Kathy. I’m so glad I got to see this unusual looking bird up close.

    – AuntDot

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Dot:-)

  • Thanks much, Brenda!

    – AuntDot

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 4 years ago

    Watch the birdy :o) nice shot Dot.

  • Thanks, Vee. Strange looking bird, isn’t it?

    – AuntDot

  • Shane Jones
    Shane Jonesalmost 4 years ago

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 4 years ago

    A bizarre bird and a great nature shot !

  • Thanks for your wonderful comment! Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Dot, I think they are amazing birds.

  • Certainly strange looking, but beautiful in a way. Thank you, Andrea!

    – AuntDot

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 4 years ago

    great shot! Look at those legs!!

  • Thanks so much, Linda. Just checked out your blog…all the recipes look delicious!

    – AuntDot

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 4 years ago

    I need to go to Florida. what a fantastic shot of this bird Dog. Great work

  • Thanks, Dave. It was a pleasure to get to see and photograph all the wildlife that day at the park.

    – AuntDot

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