Friday, November 18, 2016

Wood Storks

I came across 10-12 wood storks on the 17th hole of my golf course, so, after finishing, 
I hurried back to the house to pick up a camera with a telephoto lens.




Wood storks are big white wading birds with long beaks and gnarly necks and heads.
They were categorized until 2014 as "endangered" but are now categorized as "threatened."
 They spend some time in my North Naples community, but seeing 10-12 at once is uncommon.


Yesterday there were fewer wood storks, and they were joined by roseate spoonbills.

Beautiful birds.

13 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Nice of the birds to stick around until you got back with the zoom lens. Did you do any birdies during your round of golf?

jennyfreckles said...

A new meaning to 'birdies' on the golf course. What lovely birds, glad to hear they are 'coming back' and those pretty pink ones are spectacular.

bill burke said...

That was very nice for them to stay while you retrieved your camera. They know what's important and now they are seen around the world. :)

Kate said...

Those birds were very cooperative; lovely photos and good info, Jack.

Sharon Anck said...

I'm so glad you went back for your camera. These are great shots. I don't think I've ever seen this kind of stork before. I have seen the roseate spoonbills down in Costa Rica. They are such a beautiful color.

RedPat said...

How thrilling to spot so many of these storks, Jack! I remember seeing a colony at the Corkscrew Reserve and the noise they made was amazing. Glad they are coming back.

Taken For Granted said...

Jack, these are amazing bird photos. I have never seen either of these birds, and yes, I have spent some time in Florida. That is a coup to have threatened wildlife at your water hazards.

Michelle said...

Nice of them to stick around until you got back! lol The spoonbills are just gorgeous.

Jeno J said...

Lovely pictures, well captured. Thanks for sharing.

Bob Crowe said...

I'm not a nature photographer but I can imagine the pleasure of encountering this more-or-less in the neighborhood.

William Kendall said...

They really look like characters.

Karl Demetz said...

Nice and interesting birds.

Kay said...

Storks and spoolbills! I don't think I've ever seen either "in the feather." Great closeup shots! It's nice to see the details of those "gnarly necks and heads." (Audubon terminology, right?)