Florida! Wood Stork

Wood Stork: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — A couple of Wood Storks in all their January finery. Is there a more handsome bird anywhere? Of course there is. Still the Wood Stork has an undeniable presence. I can remember my first sighting in Georgia, years ago, and how hard I worked for it, and how happy I was. My second sighting was in a ditch along the highway leaving the airport in Florida the very next year, out in plain sight in broad daylight, as they say. I have seen hundreds since, mostly on Blackpoint Drive at Merritt Island. These were among the first birds I saw after entering the loop this year. OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Photomator.

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