The Wood Stork

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL; FEB 2020

The Wood Stork (Mycteria Americana) is a large bird that is found in the swamps and wetlands of coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. It can also be found in Cuba and Mexico. It hunts for fish and crustaceans while walking slowly with its beak in the shallow water. I watched one hunt. It had its beak submerged but used its feet to stir up the muddy bottom.

We found these beautiful creatures during a recent visit to Florida. I watched some fly overhead but I didn’t see any delivering babies.

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Juvenile Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight
They remind me a bit of a pterodactyl while in flight. I particulaly like the appearance of bones on the underside of the wing.
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) and Little Blue Heron (egretta caerulea)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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