Tuesday, December 16, 2008

South Florida

Today's featured species is the federally endangered Wood Stork. They are the one of the largest American wading birds. They primarily eat fish by holding their bill open in the water until a fish is detected and then clamp down. The birds' heads have always looked prehistoric to me and its North American presence probably postdates the last ice age. Both of these images are of the same bird from Green Cay. He was feeding in the wetlands and flew out to perch. I was fortunate that he located close and at a photographic level location. Blue Skies.


Anonymous said...

Sweet shots of this yearling!
Looks as if you're having a good time! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Salty said...

Ken, you are collecting some beautiful Florida images! I am enjoying the series. I totally agree with your observation of the Wood Stork appearing prehistoric, I have always thought so to.

I plan to travel to central Florida next week for my sons wedding. I’m hoping to work in a few hours of bird shooting during my stay.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great shots, Ken!
I have not seen one of those before.
I agree with the prehistoric head thing.

Anonymous said...

Very Beautiful and expressive Photographs. Your work is wonderful. You can see through your pictures your love of Nature.

fishing guy said...

Ken: Really neat shots of the Wood Stork, they are a neat bird.