Wood Stork

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

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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

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

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

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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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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

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

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

There are warblers at the Circle B Bar Reserve…if you know where to look!

September 5, 2010 - White Ibis There wasn't much activity on the Alligator Alley trail.  We did see a Barred Owl flying around high in the branches of his usual tree (by the dock), but he was too high for decent pictures.  Then we came across this Green Heron posing on one of the…... 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

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

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

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