Wood Stork

Early April at Lake Morton

May 7, 2016 - Herman has always loved the "ugly" birds like Wood Storks and vultures....  After chatting with him, I spotted a Wood Stork standing quietly at the lake shore.... Read more

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Sunset at the Polk Rookery

April 8, 2013 -  There are decent number of Wood Storks, and lots of White Ibis, but not nearly as many Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets, or Little Blue Herons as usual.... This is primarily a Wood Stork rookery, only accessible by boat....  Herman calls the Wood Storks the "wise old men" of the rookery.... Read more

Solemn Stare

October 5, 2012 - I found this Wood Stork last weekend on a pale foggy morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.... Read more

Fussy Birds

October 3, 2012 - I looked up and saw this pair of Wood Storks fighting with each other at the top of a nearby tree.... Read more

The Ugliest Bird?

July 27, 2012 - I was going back through some of my old images and came across this Wood Stork, taken in January at the Circle B Bar Reserve.... Read more

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 20, 2012 - At the tops of the Brazilian Pepper stood many juvenile Wood Storks -- wise old watchers, as Herman put it.  They stood watch over the rest of the necks, only breaking their solemn poses when breakfast was brought in by a parent.... Read more

Sunrise Wings at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 20, 2012 - I got out there about 20 minutes before sunrise, to enjoy the pre-dawn light.  There wasn't much wind, so I could get nice reflections of the birds in the water.  Quite a few Wood Storks and Great Blue Herons were close to shore.  I love the light purpley color the…... Read more

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Soaring into the Sunrise

October 4, 2011 - ...Last Friday morning the sunrise at Circle B was very cloudy and not particularly interesting, so the Beast and I focused on the flying birds and making silhouettes. I tried to catch the birds as they had interesting wing angles and as they flew against the orangey colors of the sunrise. Then in Photoshop, I […] Read more

Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - Bird Species List: (36 total): American Avocet, American Coot, Anhinga, Black Vulture, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilt, Boat-tailed Grackle, Cattle Egret, Common Moorhen, European Starling, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, Green Heron, Killdeer, Least Bittern, Least Sandpiper, Least Tern, Lesser Yellowlegs, Limpkin, Mottled…... Read more

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

July 10, 2011 - ...Today Herman took Dyeyo and me for one last boat ride in the Polk Rookery.  The nesting season has all but ended.  Most of the birds have left, leaving the islands very empty looking.  A few adults and fledglings were still perched at the top of the Brazilian Pepper, allowing for easier subject isolation.  It […] Read more

Cute Babies at Viera Wetlands

July 9, 2011 - A couple of Wood Storks posed in the misty light.  This one is a juvenile, probably recently fledged.  His face hasn’t yet acquired the “ugly wrinkles” of the adult stork.... As I left the wetlands, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck family was back out, and of course I had to stop…... Read more

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 19, 2011 - Brown Pelican Black-Crowned Night Heron juveniles are all over the Brazilian Pepper in this rookery.  At first Dyeyo was excited to see so many night herons, but after five trips with Herman, he's taken lots of pictures of them.  He refused to take a single night heron picture today.  I…... Read more

Birds and Babies Everywhere at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

May 31, 2011 - Snowy Egret chicks The Wood Stork nests are high in the trees, and the best light angle would be in the afternoon.  Nonetheless, when this guy sat there radiating cuteness, I dialed in some extra flash and shot anyway.... Wood Stork chick The Roseate Spoonbills are getting bigger.  I did…... Read more

Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery

May 29, 2011 - Herman took my dad and me out in his boat again this morning.  The Polk Rookery has changed considerably since my last visit in March.  Then the birds were building their nests, and Great Egrets, Wood Storks dominated the Brazilian Pepper.  Today the rookery was filled with fledgling birds of…... Read more

Sunset Walk

April 13, 2011 - I enjoyed having my zoom lens along on our walk this evening.  The light of the sunset reflected on the water of the Pebble Ridge pond, creating awesome ripples of color.  Then Rich pointed out the Wood Stork about to fly in just over the pond!  Score!... Wood Stork The…... Read more

Wood Storks in Varying Light (Goldilocks Photography)

April 11, 2011 - There have been around 10 Wood Storks hanging around Stoneybrook West for the past week or so.  I've photographed them in varying lights, which will illustrate the "Goldilocks" photography principle (posted today in honor of Goldy's 9th birthday!) The first time I saw the storks, it was the middle of…... Read more

In Search of Babies at Circle B Bar Reserve

April 10, 2011 - Great Egret We decided to head around to Wading Bird Way trail to search for the rumored babies.  As we ventured up to the Eagle Roost trail, we spotted this juvenile Wood Stork fly in with his breakfast.... Wood Stork with Breakfast The light out on the sand hill was…... Read more

First Trip of the Spring to the Alligator Farm Rookery

April 1, 2011 - Roseate Spoonbill in flight There were Spoonies all over the rookery this morning!  The big oak tree played host to at least 10 of them.  I think the spoonbills outnumbered the Wood Storks in that tree!  They slept and slept and slept...I was quite ready for them to wake up…... Read more

March Photo Walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 26, 2011 - White White Off in the distance, our lone Wood Stork of the day flew in.  Most of the Wood Storks have moved off to their favorite rookery to nest.... Wood Stork Again and again we tried to leave, but the birds kept posing and begging us to stay.  A small…... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - From Heron Hideout, it seemed as if there were far fewer American White Pelicans and Wood Storks than usual.... American Coot Wood storks were easier to photograph in flight when the sun did come out.... Wood Stork I finally headed down Marsh Rabbit Run, where I stopped with everybody else…... Read more

Bitterns Saying Hello at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 7, 2011 - American Goldfinch I headed to the south end of Marsh Rabbit Run, where plenty of Wood Storks and American White Pelicans fly over the path every morning.  It's a good place to practice flight photography.  I'm still getting used to my new focal length with my 500mm lens and 1.4x…... Read more

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Frosty Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 29, 2010 - Heron Hideout (east side) Heron Hideout (west side) Very few birds were in the water when I arrived.  Maybe the birdbrains are a little smarter than I thought!  That water must have been cold.  I watched a group of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks wake up, and one brave duck was the…... Read more

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Skies Full of American White Pelicans at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 23, 2010 - The marshes were full of roosting birds at sunrise.  We moved quickly to the south end of Heron Hideout (beyond Marsh Rabbit Run) to see hundreds of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes sleeping in a group.  They almost reminded me of the pelicans -- there were that many birds!... Black-bellied…... Read more

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Beautiful Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 22, 2010 - It was a gorgeous morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  We arrived at 7:00, just before sunrise, and the birds put on an amazing wake-up show.  The hundreds of Wood Storks and Sand Hill Cranes that roost in the marsh overnight all woke up and flew away, nicely illuminated…... Read more

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Skies Filled with Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 28, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck The Wood Storks were flying overhead all morning.... I was pretty excited when I saw this tack-sharp flight shot: Wood Stork Palm Warblers and Savannah Sparrows love to hop around in the bushes at the edge of the Marsh Rabbit Run and Wading Bird Way trails.... Turkey…... Read more

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More Winter Birds Have Arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 12, 2010 - Roseate Spoonbills A lone Wood Stork stood in the midst of the action.... Wood Stork It can be hard to get good reflection shots.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Common Moorhen, Common Yellowthroat, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis,…... Read more

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Windy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 7, 2010 - Eastern Phoebe As we neared the end of Marsh Rabbit Run and turned onto Wading Bird Way, there were a bunch of Wood Storks that flew overhead.... As Dyeyo says, it's a shame that God gave these birds such ugly heads, when the rest of their bodies are actually quite…... Read more

Happy Hallo-wren at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 1, 2010 - A Wood Stork was very obligingly posed for us.... Wood Stork There were Common Yellowthroats hopping along the path all the way down Marsh Rabbit Run.... Baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Cardinal, Common…... Read more

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The Coots have Returned to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 17, 2010 - The backlighting made for an interesting effect, though: White Ibis Then a couple of Wood Storks flew in.... I had been having issues with my off-camera flash cord and bracket, and unfortunately my flash took a little tumble off the tripod (it's fine) -- but I was glad that I…... Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - Tree Swallows Double-Crested Cormorants and Wood Storks were roosting in the trees in the middle of the marsh again this week.... At one point I looked up and saw a flock of about 20 Wood Storks flying overhead.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck,…... Read more

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More Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 29, 2010 - This juvenile Little Blue Heron watched me watching him by Lake Hancock.  I had to use some fill flash.  It's fun to apply the techniques that I'm learning as I read Arthur Morris's books on bird photography.  Juvenile Little Blue Heron I stood for a few minutes watching the fly-bys…... Read more

Migrants Making their Way to Circle B

August 28, 2010 - Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron As we turned onto Alligator Alley, determined to brave the mosquitoes in hopes of seeing Wood Storks, we were rewarded by seeing our first warbles of the season!  First we heard a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, then we spied him hopping around in the top of a tree....…... Read more

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducklings at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

August 15, 2010 - I had hoped to see a few migrant shorebirds.  At one point I thought I saw a Caspian Tern in flight, but I didn't get a picture.  The birds that we did see on Wading Bird Way were mostly Common Moorhens - adults, juveniles, and babies.  Some of the juveniles'…... Read more

Rainy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 8, 2010 - Barred Owl There were Wood Storks everywhere!  As the Alligator Alley trail turned away from Lake Hancock, there were trees out in the marsh covered in birds, including herons, egrets, osprey, and storks.   It was fun to see the number of juvenile Wood Storks.  I took this picture during one…... Read more

Another Hot Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 31, 2010 - Circle B Sunrise The trees along the Alligator Alley trail were full of birds.  I've never seen it this active before.  Along the shoreline, the herons and egrets were startled by our presence and they flew off squawking.  Overhead, a Carolina Wren fussed his little head off.  (I guess we…... Read more

Lots of Green Herons at the Circle B Bar Reserve this Morning

July 25, 2010 - Snowy Egret A couple of Wood Storks flew by as we stood there.  By that point in the morning, the sun was climbing rapidly into the sky, and there was a lot of backlight.  I kinda liked the resulting silhouette: Wood Storks Sushi for breakfast, anybody?  This Osprey was certainly…... Read more

Fledglings are Starting to Leave Gatorland’s Bird Rookery

July 10, 2010 - The majority of the Wood Storks have left the rookery, and you can see them teaching their babies to fish in the south pond by the Papyrus Islands.  This was one of the few storks who hung out in the rookery this morning: Wood Stork A bunch of the adult…... Read more

Baby Roseate Spoonbills at the Alligator Farm

June 11, 2010 - Snowy Egret nest There were Wood Stork nests all over.  The babies are pretty big.  You can distinguish the adults from the babies because the babies have orange beaks  and the adults have black beaks.  (The babies are also cuter than the adults!) Wood Stork breakfast time I had fun…... Read more

Spoonbills and baby birds at St. Augustine Rookery

May 8, 2010 - When you first enter the rookery, you are on a boardwalk in between several large oak trees.  In the tops of those trees, the wood storks have made their large nests.  A little farther down, the great egret chicks are getting older, and they constantly dance around, begging for food. …... Read more

Baby Birds at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Bird Rookery

May 1, 2009 - Bird Nests and Photographers (Look at those Lenses!!) Great Egret Mommy and Babies Little Great Egrets Great Egret Feeding Baby Great Egret Babies Great Egret Babies Tricolored Heron on Nest Snowy Egret Wood Storks Cattle Egret There were some other birds at the zoo as well, much more colorful, but…... Read more