Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha...... by AuntDot

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/200s, f/5.0, ISO 200, focal length 21mm (35mm equivalent 123mm); AUTO setting

This wood stork seemed to be laughing out loud (or yawning). Taken near a pond in Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida, U.S.A.

FEATURED in Animal Captions & Confessions, Oct. 22, 2012

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.

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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    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    nice work

  • Thanks, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    lol. this one made me smile. cool shot AuntDot ;)

  • Glad it made you smile, my friend! Thanks!

    – AuntDot

  • trish725
    trish725over 2 years ago

    Hi Dot :-) This is one that will make everyone who sees it smile :-)

  • Thanks so much, Trish!

    – AuntDot

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 2 years ago

    Oh, gosh, what a big beak ! Lovely shot Dot.

  • Thanks, Morag. I’m thinking it’s not as heavy as it looks.

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    Wonder what a bird thinks is funny? Maybe a photographer going into contortions trying to take a picture?? :-D Good one, Dot!

  • It did stike me funny, but he may have been yawning in boredom from my clicking the camera at him so much! LOL

    – AuntDot

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago

    Magnificent Portrait!!!

  • Thanks, Vitta!

    – AuntDot

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 2 years ago

    A face only his mother could love! I send my regards Auntie Dot. xoxoxo

  • Hi Debra! Yes, that’s quite a face, isn’t it? I stood near this bird for the longest time just staring at it.

    – AuntDot

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    I came back… this little guy is so funny. lol

  • I’m so glad you enjoy this, Manon. I didn’t think the quality was very good, but the silly subject makes up for it I guess! Thanks!!

    – AuntDot

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 2 years ago

    Nice capture !

  • Thanks very much, Carlos!

    – AuntDot

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