Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Woodies On The Prowl
These big headed birds are Wood Storks. This flock is working an ebbing tide near an oyster bar. As the falling tide concentrates the fish and shrimp, the Wood Storks swish their open bills back and forth through the water, feeding mostly by touch. When the sensitive bill touches a fish, it snaps shut in an instant. These are birds who need shallow water for feeding. Floods and high water conditions can create starvation conditions for them. This shot was late in the day with fading light, not my sharpest, but I still like it.
Wood Storks are especially beautiful in flight.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:41 PM