Loc: Vail and Gasparilla Island
According to Audubon Florida, the Wood Stork is one of Florida’s signature wading birds, a long-legged, awkward-looking bird on land that soars like a raptor in the air.
Like many Florida birds associated with wetlands, the Wood Stork has suffered from the destruction and degradation of our state’s wetlands. Today, the Wood Stork is classed “Threatened” by the State of Florida and the federal government.
It feeds in shallow water, stirring the bottom with its unlikely pink feet and snapping up small prey that are unlucky enough to encounter the bird’s sensitive bill. They nest in early spring, just in time for the traditional season of lowest water when prey items will be concentrated in shrunken wetlands, providing good hunting so the storks can feed their young.
Now, we have altered the natural cycle of high and low water in our wetlands and Wood Storks often can’t find enough food for their young, who eventually succumb to starvation.
So, do you see anything unusual in the photo?
I like the shot, but I miss your point.
Very good capture of a bird not wanting to stand tall.
Never saw one “sitting down” legs folded forward. Neat capture.
I've never seen that!
Looks funny, like he stuffed another bird into the ground.
is it the golf egg to the right?
The legs bent forward at the knees which make it look like it's knees are broken.
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Last year while in Florida I took a picture of one with a fishing lure stuck in his back. Thought you might have the same one but I don't think so. Could that be another bird under the left wing?
Great shot, unique pose 1st time I've seen a bird on their knees.
Looks very uncomfortable.
Love those big pink stork feet. Those mean breeding season is coming.
That is funny. The feet look creepy.
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