Woody gets a bit ruffled.

Mr. Woody wood stork absolutely made my morning today when he showed up for an impromptu photo shoot. I could hardly believe my eyes that he was right there standing stock still in my backyard. Usually he just marches on past and is gone before I can grab my camera.Β  Not wanting to frighten him away, I crept into the lanai and as silently as I could, slid open the door. He obviously heard me because he turned as if to say, “Whatcha looking at, lady?”


He then decided to play a trick on me, and pretended that he was going to fly away to the other side of the lake. “Here I go! Ready for take off!”


But the promise of being internationally famous on WordPress was just too much of a lure, so he settled down again, although his feathers showed that he was slightly ruffled.


I really like his party piece which he kept repeating at intervals, just in case I’d missed it. He’s pretty good at balancing on just one spindly leg.


Before he left, I asked him if I could have one final close-up pic so he obligingly fluffed up his beard and presented his left profile, saying all the girls told him this was his best side.


Then he got bored with posing and stalked off along the bank.

What fun I had out there today with my camera. Hope you’re having a fun Thursday too.

I’m linking this post to Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday ‘ challenge.



119 comments on “Woody gets a bit ruffled.

  1. That Mr. Woody sure is a character! I love his pretending to get ready to fly! πŸ™‚ I also enjoy your beautiful and funny photographs, as well as your comments. Do I see as kitten bald spot on the top of his head, Sylvia? Wonder how old he is. Ha ha!

  2. I think you are a bird whisperer on the quiet Sylvia … all these super poses you’re capturing ! Lovely Mr Woody πŸ™‚

  3. I have said it before, I will say it again. Your bird photography is simply stunning. How wonderful to see this beauty in your garden! And how glad am I that you had the camera handy and he agreed to pose for you πŸ™‚

    • He does look a bit of a ‘rough diamond’ and today I saw him standing in the pouring rain looking very bedraggled. I felt like ushering him into the house for a quick rub down with a dry towel. πŸ™‚

  4. I must thank you for all the photos you publish….I’d never heard of a gator or a stork just out of one’s door and , as you introduce your “characters” , they stand like family guests!

  5. so exciting πŸ™‚ and he is so beautiful. I am glad you both were in a great collaboration. Amazing photographs. Thank you dear Sylvia, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  6. What a show off! The feathers around his neck make him look like something out of the Roaring Twenties…women wore those feathers around their necks so well.

  7. How exciting to have this kind of wildlife in your own backyard! I think you’re right ~ the prospect of being a WordPress star was too tempting. He was definitely posing!

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