The Wet Birds of Wakodahatchee

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.

Wood Stork

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. 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

After the rains let up, the herons stretch and begin to survey their surroundings, this one keeping company with the wood storks…

Great Blue Heron

…and finally rising above them.

Great Blue Heron

 

The Anhingas

This female anhinga displays how her coloring helps to camouflage her presence amount the wood storks, yet those green around their eyes.

Anhinga

Anhinga

A good part of my time in the wetlands, we had a healthy rain…

Anhinga

And, with the weather cool, the birds were not drying off with any particular speed.

Anhinga

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