The Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida provide an up-close experience with birds of many species. On a rainy January day, wood storks, anhingas, and great blue herons caught my attention during the rain and after.
The Wood Storks
Not far along the boardwalk, visitors encounter a tree full of wood storks. These giant, prehistoric looking creatures were building nests, flying from tree to tree and returning with branches two feet long and as thick as my index finger.
The wood storks work in male-female pairs, although I haven’t learned to discern which is which. On occasion, they knock their beaks together, sounding as if hitting two hollow wood tubes together.
The Great Blue Herons
What appears to be a headless bird, is a great blue heron keeping its head out of the rain, periodically stretch its neck to scout for danger.
After the rains let up, the herons stretch and begin to survey their surroundings, this one keeping company with the wood storks…
…and finally rising above them.
This female anhinga displays how her coloring helps to camouflage her presence amount the wood storks, yet those green around their eyes.
A good part of my time in the wetlands, we had a healthy rain…
And, with the weather cool, the birds were not drying off with any particular speed.