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Wood Stork

Mycteria americana

Description:

Wading bird of the stork family. Wood stork pairs often mate for life & are the only storks breeding in North America. This stork is easily recognized within its range due to its large size, general white color, large bill, long legs, & bald black head. When in flight, the black flight feathers are striking. The head is (sometimes?) lowered when first taking off. This explains the oddity of the 4th picture.

Habitat:

Tropical and subtropical. Spotted in the coastal tropical south, lakeside.

Notes:

The wood stork is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the USA. http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/Regula... http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_...

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Largo, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.88, Long: -82.78

Spotted on Nov 21, 2011
Submitted on Nov 23, 2011

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