Monday, January 19, 2009

Too much to Swallow: Wood Stork

While shooting Florida’s Lake Marion a number of Wood Storks were frequently present stalking the marshy lake shore.

The Stork slowly stalked the wetland until suddenly, with a quick stab of its beak it secured a fish. For the next ten to fifteen minutes the Stork tried unsuccessfully to swallow the fish whole. Finally the Stork left its catch behind as it fled from the roar of a passing air boat.

I did not see the Stork return to claim its catch, but with the multitude of birds foraging in the wetland it could not have been long before someone lay claim to the prize.


Kerri Farley said...

Quite a Capture!

Leedra said...

This is a real good one, I only see the Wood Stork skimming the water.

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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

My parents used to say that my eyes were bigger than my tummy,guess that's the case here.

photowannabe said...

Poor thing needs a knife and fork.
Great capture Salty.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Another great action shot Coy. I am surised it did not manage to eat it but I can bet n the fact it did not lay there long before it became someone elses dinner.

Shelley said...

I like how that crow is hanging around for some scraps! Great photo!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: Neat capture of the Stork, certainly something we never see up North. That Grackle does come up this way.