Landing Wood Stork

Landing Wood StorkLanding Wood Stork – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) are the largest wading bird in North America and the only stork that breeds in the U.S.. Wood Storks are considered endangered primarily due to loss of habitat. These huge wading birds can live up to 25 years.

Their diet consists of aquatic prey which includes fish, crabs and insects, they swish their bills in the water to locate prey as well as using their feet to stir up the water.

Wood Storks have been known to fly at altitudes of 6000 feet and will fly as far as 50 miles to eat.

This sub-adult Wood Stork was photographed at Fort De Soto’s north beach as the bird came in for a landing in a tidal lagoon edged by mangroves.



  1. Julie Brown August 7, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Perfect timing! I really like the wing display, too.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Thank you Julie, I really liked the wing position in this frame too.

  2. Tammy Karr August 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I always enjoy seeing Wood Storks! Beautiful capture of the landing!

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Tammy!

  3. Tami Vogel August 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Wow – I had no idea they land so gracefully. Look at that – hardly a splish-splash of water. A surreal capture, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Tammy, these large wading birds can be very graceful.

  4. Bob Zeller August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Great action shot, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Bob, the while series of this Wood Stork landing was wonderful to see

  5. Carol Mattingly August 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

    He is a stunning bird to look at. Love his colors. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Carol, I love their bubble gum pink feets they have and the slight iridescence of the black in the wings.

  6. M. Firpi August 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

    A majestic capture of a majestic bird!

    • Mia McPherson August 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Maria, I really loved this pose.

  7. Dan Huber August 6, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Super photo Mia! One of those birds, like vultures, very interesting appearance

    • Mia McPherson August 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Dan, I like how unique Wood Storks are in appearance, like vultures.

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