Flight of the wood stork

Wood storks are charismatic wading birds.
(see Naples News article)

They glide through the sky with unmistakable grace and when you see them from a distance wading in the water they have a royal look.

But seeing the up in really close view is a bit of shock (particularly for the first time): They have no feathers on their head or neck.

They look prehistoric.

But you’re unlikely to see them at all when they hit the thermals.

Hitching a ride on the high altitude currents propel them a few thousand feet in the air, on which they soar for miles.

This helicopter tour isn’t quite that high – only 500 ft.

But for a moment I felt “stork like.”
Those thermals give a great view to a pretty good looking bird …

Just not close up.

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