Thoughtful moment

This thoughtful Wood Stork‘s shaggy appearance makes him look like a wise old bird. But his pale, pinkish beak, and gray neck and head feathers, tell us that he is a juvenile, and distinguish him from older Wood Storks, who have dark bills and bald, scaly heads (see the ID section on All About Birds – Wood Stork)85BE3C5B-D95B-4879-8E70-6371368F3E87_1_201_aThe  Wood Stork is North America’s only native breeding Stork (Florida Fish & Wildlife-Wood Stork). Once abundant in Florida, the destruction and degradation of wetlands caused their numbers to drop significantly, and they were placed on the Endangered Species List, in 1984. After 30 years, conservation efforts resulted in the Wood Storks’ status being upgraded to Threatened in 2014. They are still at risk due to on-going concerns over development and habitat loss in the Everglades and other parts of South Florida (Scientific American, June 26, 2014Florida Audubon).

18 thoughts on “Thoughtful moment

  1. Gorgeous capture of the juvenile. We have Wood Storks on ‘our mind’ this morning. 🙂 Thanks for sharing info, I honestly didn’t know about their endangered and threatened status’s, I’m going to add that to my post. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful to see the wood storks here, BJ, a bird we don’t even have out on the west coast. Their range is so slight in our country, how lucky you are to have them. How lucky we are that they’ve made a bit of a comeback. Great post.

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  4. I always hope to see these birds again. I have seen them and photographed them only in one opportunity. Perhaps, sometime this year. Great shots, Carol. 🙂

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