Here's one I have rarely seen...until this year!!!
This one was just gracefully walking through the neighborhood...
Notice the line of black feathers...Those are the flight feathers. (see photo below)
The wood stork is the largest wading bird native to America. It has very long legs and a distinctive featherless head with a very thick beak, which curves downward. The feathers of the wood stork are white with black flight feathers. Its wingspan is around 5 1/2 feet. The wood stork flies with its neck and legs extended, interrupting strong wing beats with brief glides.
(Yeah...I'm an information junkie.)These birds are endangered...
mostly due to man changing their natural habitat.
As I said, I rarely see Wood Storks, but during the past week, I have had the privilege of seeing 6 of them...all in different locations.
(Photo by Ira Runyan)
I found this image on the web...It's a good photo of the Wood Stork's head.
Not the prettiest face, but it's so interesting...and the edging of black in the feathers is gorgeous...
I think this may be my next subject to paint....
posting with Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday