Photos from Myakka River State Park, Florida – January, 2016
In many cultures, storks represent fertility, springtime and good luck.
Beauty I have none,
grace in flight I have plenty,
perseverance, I am proof.
This species seems to have evolved in tropical regions; its North American presence probably postdates the last ice age. A fossil fragment found might be of the living species; it is at most from the Late Pleistocene age, a few 10,000s of years ago.
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6 thoughts on “~Today’s Feathered Friend-Wood Stork”
I saw my first wood stork last October in St. Augustine…amazing. The ones I saw were in trees…love your pictures of them in the water.
Hi Gay! Wood Storks are fun to watch. I don’t recall ever seeing one in a tree. I remember your photos!!
Sheila, we frequently see Wood Storks where we live along the Georgia coast. I love to watch them soaring over the marsh. They have a face only a mother could love!
You are so right – only a mother could love. It is nice that you get to see them all the time. I only get to see them when we travel south.
Our first Wood Stork sighting was at Shark Valley. I remember John spotting the bird and commenting how it was put together wrong. The head didn’t match the body…too funny. We then ask the ranger what it was. Your poem describes the fellow perfectly:)
Hi Pam. A first sighting of a Wood Stork is interesting and usually always remembered. John is right in thinking that they look as if they have been put together wrong! I love to watch them hunting for food and soaring in the air. I sat here looking at that face and thinking “what can I say about this interesting bird?” Thanks!