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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/160s, f/5.0, ISO 200, focal length 23.0mm; AUTO setting

This is a full-body shot of the wood stork I shot recently at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida, U.S.A. As rough and unattractive as the head and neck are, the body is covered in beautiful soft white feathers, with black wing feathers tucked underneath. Long legs and clumsy-looking pink feet complete the picture of this odd looking bird. (See info below)


From National Geographic website:
Wood storks are tall, white denizens of freshwater or brackish wetlands and swamps. They can be identified by their long legs, featherless heads, and prominent bills.
These waders feed on minnows in shallow water by using their bills to perform a rare and effective fishing technique. The stork opens its bill and sticks it into the water, then waits for the touch of an unfortunate fish that wanders too close. When it feels a fish, the stork can snap its bill shut in as little as 25 milliseconds—an incredibly quick reaction time matched by few other vertebrates.
The storks prefer to employ this technique in isolated pools created by tides or falling freshwater levels, where fish congregate en masse. In some areas, such as Florida, breeding begins with the dry season that produces these optimal fishing conditions.
Though wood storks eat small fish, they eat a lot of them. An average nesting pair, with two fledglings, may eat over 400 pounds (181 kilograms) of fish during a single breeding season.
Wood storks are social animals. They feed in flocks and nest in large rookeries—sometimes several pairs to a single tree. Females lay two to five eggs, which both sexes incubate for about one month. Young fledge about two months after hatching.
Wood storks breed in the southeastern United States and are the only stork to breed in the U.S. They also breed in Central and South America from Mexico to Argentina. Though U.S. populations are endangered—probably because of the loss of optimal feeding habitat—the South American stork populations are in better shape.

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bird, stork, wood stork, nature, fauna, tuscawilla park, ocala, auntdot, wood stork full body shot, waterfowl, wading birds

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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Dot

  • Thank you, Larry. Appreciate it!

    – AuntDot

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 2 years ago

    Hi Dot,,,this is a cool looking bird and you captured its photo excellently.

    Rick

  • Thanks, Rick. I can’t believe how close he came. I stood about 5 feet from him, and I would have gone closer but I didn’t know if he’d come after me with that long beak. LOL

    – AuntDot

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful close up my friend. I must admit they are ugly but very beautiful when they fly. Hugs Tom

  • Thanks so much, Tom. I have yet to see one fly…maybe next time. This one and another just walked from one pond area across the road and over to the other pond area. I had a long closeup view of him and got many photos.

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 2 years ago

    These truly are a beautiful ugly… lovely capture Dot.

  • That’s a good way to describe it. Maybe we can coin a new word…ugliful? beautifugly? LOL

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    Just the opposite of me – I’m gorgeous on top and, well, not so much on the bottom! :-D Beautiful capture of this interesting bird!

  • LOL I’m sure you are beautiful all the way through, Monnie! I know my hair is thinning the older I get. I just hope I don’t end up bald like this bird!

    – AuntDot

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 2 years ago

    Great capture, Dot.. They are odd, but beautiful in their own way..

  • Thanks, Carol! Agreed!

    – AuntDot

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 2 years ago

    fine catch!

  • Thanks, Dave!

    – AuntDot

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 2 years ago

    He is so interesting! Great image, Dot!

  • Thank you, Kristi!

    – AuntDot

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    Good show here Tante Dot
    A beauty

  • Thanks so very much, John!

    – AuntDot

  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • Thank you, Vitta!

    – AuntDot

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