The Story of this Photo II

A wood stork wades in a Florida pond.
A wood stork wades in a Florida pond.

This started with a walk around the pond at our former apartment in Fort Myers. The water often teemed with life – turtles, fish, and the occasional ibis. There was a small gator once. This particular walk was obviously more prosperous than others. I saw the wood stork, a large threatened wading bird, from across the pond. This particular stork was walking through the shallow water. As I crept closer, I thought the stork would fly away. But as I walked closer, the wood stork waited, even as ibises pecked around it in the water. This photo was taken from about 15 feet away as the stork peered over the pond. After about 10 more minutes of walking though the water, the stork tired of that spot and flew off – but not before posing for a great picture.

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