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Everglades National Park Birding Tour: Wood Stork

Everglades National Park Birding Tour: Wood Stork Wood storks are basically gangly and unattractive. Their parts, while efficent, don't seem to go together. They are very large with wingspans as wide as 5 feet. They have no feathers on their head and neck - like a buzzard, which is why they have also been called "Ironheads" by the old-timers. They are very quiet birds. Occasionally you will hear one make a strange croak. They can often be seen in groups high overhead - gliding without needing to take many wingbeats and that's a good thing because when they do flap their wings they are gangly Everglades National Park Birding Tour: Woodstorks Feedinglooking. They feed by sweeping their beaks in shallow water and snap their beaks quickly shut when they find a crab, bait fish or just about anything else. Their numbers have been on the increase in Everglades National Park - which indicates the park is pretty healthy. They are the only stork native to North America.

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