Return of the Wood Stork

October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Creature Feature, Endangered Encounters | Leave a comment
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It’s late October, and while that may not mean much to us here in South Florida as we enjoy our sunny, 83* warm day outside, it does mean something to migratory wildlife.  As it cools down pretty much everywhere but here, some wildlife begins to make its way South for the winter.  One of my favorite seasonal birds is the not-so-adorable Wood Stork, who’s numbers have been increasing locally over the course of the last few weeks, with more to come I’m sure.

Though we may not realize it with the powerful numbers we see of them sometimes, the Wood Stork is in fact on the Endangered Species List, with it’s population decline most likely due to loss of habitat.  They’re a rather large bird with a bald head, the kind of face that only a mother (or bird lover) could love.  Wood Storks, the only breeding stork found here in North America, make their way down to our area every winter to breed.  True to their social nature, they nest in colonies.  The Wood Stork is a unique hunter.  They wade through the water with their beaks open and wait for prey to pass through, literally inviting small fish over for dinner.

Remember, next time you see that funky dinosaur looking face on a giant white birds body to respect these snow birds.  The species is trying to make a comeback from the threat of extinction, let’s cheer them on!

Photos taken with my Nikon D3100

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