Tell Me a Story: March 2016

Tell me a Story is live once again and on this particular day I attempted to walk the entire route of the wetlands.  First stop is the rookery and the Woodstorks have moved back in again and taken over.  Late winter is mating season and the Woodstorks are doing their mating dance and building nests. And yes, one or two little ones have already been spotted.   Their mating dance is interesting to watch.  Like the Great Blue Heron they have an interesting process to their dance.  Below are some of the images taken while this was happening.

It's mating season at the Wetlands and the Woodstorks once again have taken over the Great Blue Heron rookery.

I was watching these two Woodstork when just below them another pair started their dance.

 

And the dance continues

Bills go up

 

Their dance is intruiging. They are not the most coordinated birds.

Then to  the side.  Their dance is intriguing. They are not the most coordinated birds.

 

The Woodstorks went back to picking at their nest.

Then Woodstorks went back to picking at their nest.  This process was repeated a couple of times.

 

Woodstork tidying up the nest

They continue to work at the nest until they are happy with it and ready to lay eggs.

 

Woodstork doing the tango. New chicks on their way.

Of course, they have to do this before any eggs are laid. Woodstork doing the tango. New chicks on their way.

 

Woodstork settling back into the nest

Finally the female will settle down onto the nest.

 

While I was watching these two I noticed that a pair of Woodstork had flown from the rookery to the wooden railing of the pathway.  These birds almost seem prehistoric to me.

 

Woodstork

The Woodstork did not seem too worried about the people around him although he kept his eyes wide open.

 

Woodstork

I love the texture of the skin on their neck.

 

In keeping with my foot fettish - these are the feet of a Woodstork

In keeping with my bird foot fettish – these are the feet of a Woodstork

 

Woodstork

 

Woodstork

I am looking at you with that big camera in my face.

 

In keeping with my foot fettish - these are the feet of a Woodstork

Another foot image.  Look at the long nails the Woodstork has.  Can I say I am envious

 

Woodstorks legs

Lastly there was something about this image that just captured me.  I loved those skinny legs with the light in the background.

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Event Photographer and see what he have for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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