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.
Just not close up.