“Hey Guy, Nice Catch!”
On a recent afternoon, this wood stork came gliding in low across the salt marsh.
The funny part is that if you look closely in the lower right corner of the first photo, and the lower left corner of the second photo, you can see a blue heron standing there in the water with nice size fish hanging out of his yap.
Woody seemed excited for his friend’s good fortune. Well, actually I made that part up. Woody more probably wishes he had caught that fish!
Woody is probably thinking “Fishing looks good around here!” So good to have you back again, Phil!
Yes I’m sure our old pal Woody is planning on getting in on some of the excellent fishing action now that he’s seen big blue grab a nice one.
Well I’m trying to get back at it again. Thanks Maggie!
Love to see these guys together. A lot of our Wood Storks are best buds with the Rosies :-
Yeah same here! The spoonies very often hang around with the wood storks. In fact, on particularly windy days it *appears* that the spoonbills will tuck in behind the storks and use those big stork bodies as wind breaks. Clever birds!
Love to see Woody here too. I’m sure he can catch his own fish. 🙂
The funny thing about the wood storks is that despite them being such big birds, I often see them feeding after small fish and shrimp. The great blues seem to be the best at catching a larger fish while the egrets are not too proud and will go for the small stuff if that’s what’s available. 🙂
You seem to have them all weighed up, Phil. 😃
I guess it comes from spending time watching them and waiting for one to do something, anything, interesting.
Like the old saying goes… you can observe a lot just by watching. 🙂
Yes, and I think you must spend more time than most, just watching these birds. I wonder if they are also experts on your behaviour? 😛
I wonder if they ever are trying to figure why I’m even there. I mean, they *have* to be…but me? 🙂
Very nice, Phil–, In our waters the Great Blues are so territorial that they will not allow any other waders near their territory.
Thanks very much for checking these out.
In our area the herons and egrets often act very territorial as well. Sometimes an egret or blue heron will fly a considerable distance across the marsh to chase off another bird.But it’s mostly within the same species. Egrets chasing egrets. Sometimes an egret and blue heron can fish right next to each other (along with some snowys) with no issues. Other times they can’t stand being around another bird. Not sure how they decide. 🙂