Monday, November 12, 2012

Birds of a feather ... II

I have seen these beauties (well, it's said that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder, and these have a face I'm sure only a mother could love) before in Florida - the wood stork. But I'd never been able to get within twenty feet of them before. Apparently they are the only stork that breeds in North America. If you're interested, Wikipedia has some more interesting information on them.

Curiously, the storks seemed to be the only ones who took an interest in me creeping up towards the gathering.



Here he's with his friend Pinocchio


26 comments:

Elin said...

Lovely!! What a bird;)

Marty said...

wow Rick, you amaze me with these gorgeous shots ! these storks have beautiful feathers ! the bec est moins joli, but ce n'est pas grave !
I think they have aimé ta compagnie et tes photos sont franchement superbes !
belle journée Rick
bisous tout gris de France

ju-north said...

Beautiful shots - especially against that blue sky!

Nancy Claeys said...

I guess I didn't realize their faces looked like this (too many cartoon storks in my past.) Amazing captures Rick.

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, another excellent click! The first picture is gorgeous, love it.

Have a nice week ahead,regards.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos again Rick. I love the green pine and blue sky as a backdrop.

biebkriebels said...

Beautiful pictures Rick!

Lisa Gordon said...

I actually think their faces are adorable!! :-)
These are really magnificent photographs, Rick, and how fortunate you were to be able to capture these beauties.
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Leslie said...

Haha, I think the wood storks sort of enjoy their photo-ops. Great shots!

imac said...

Nicely done Rick.

Fábio Martins said...

Well catched!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Yes,beauty is in the eye of the beholder,but they are God's creation and therefore ,good.Great captures.

Noushka said...

Well done!
The first photo is wonderful, quite unusual from this angle!
Cheers!

Hilda R.B said...

Well done.
Beautiful photos of them.
From Hilda

teca said...

They look like living statues! Beautiful photos of a very peculiar bird, honey.

Lots of sweet beijos and a warm big hug!!!
Love.

Stephanie said...

I visited last night and am glad I waited till today to view these fine birds on my computer, the iPad does not do justice viewing photos on blogs. Wow! Great shots, Rick! So are you in Florida for the winter?

Betty Manousos said...

hi rick,
those are terrific shots!
i especially like that first photo!

have a great day~

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Soooooww beautiful. Je hebt het weer goed gedaan. Thumbs up.
Thanks for sharing your world with me.
Hugs again Dag

Rosemary said...

Funny to see such a vulture-looking head on a white-feathered body. I'm sure it has a very nice personality :) Great shots and I'm glad it let you get so close.

magda said...

My dear friend Rick
Many thanks for your interest!
Danae birth to a baby girl on Nov. 3.
We are all very happy!
All summer would knit for my granddaughter:) although it was very hot.
It is wonderful feeling! You know!
Very soon I'll return to blogging-getting us!
Your pictures with Pinocchio, chachaaaa and the stork,are excellent!!!
With love and many greetings to your family!

Lúcia said...

Hehehe, there is no ugly animal Rick!
Come on, I know you wouldn't take a picture of the stork if you didn't agree withe me. ;-)

klea said...

these shots are just amazing !
so sharp and beautiful !

Here I Am/Carrie said...

They certainly are an ugly bird. But also very interesting. Quiet the bird creeper you have become. My ducks and heron just won't let me get close enough with my little camera. I would love to get close ups of them. Your photos are beautiful.

Petra said...

Great captures, Rick, what extraordinary birds! :)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I've never seen one. It's so ugly it's cute. Put a pickle in it's mouth and a delivery hat on it's head and it could be delivering babies or pickles.

darlin said...

Rick I agree with Laura, it's so ugly it's cute! Crystal clear phenomenal shots, how do you do it Rick? Each post your photos are shot with perfection, precision and clarity... you definitely have a gift.

Enjoy your week! Cheers.