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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) (457 views)
Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Friday 20 January, 2012)

(Photo taken 09:11:25 Thursday 17 November, 2011)

© 2012 Terry Costales
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The Wood Stork external link appeared all white when on the ground but in flight you could see its black markings.

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(52 of 66) This heron had it's neck completely extended vertically. It was watching our boat pass and looked ready to flee if we came any closer. Usually you see the neck drawn back in a casual "ess" shape so
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(53 of 66) A snowy egret walking the beach with a black vulture in the background.
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(54 of 66) This Mangrove Swallow was nicely posed for me as our boat went by.
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(55 of 66) In León we saw Kiskadees on the roofs of buildings but I was happier to see one perched in the mangroves.
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(56 of 66) A Turkey Vulture taking a morning stroll on the beach.
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(57 of 66) The osprey found the fishing good that day.
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(58 of 66) The white head identifies this magnificent frigatebird as a juvenile. The head becomes all black as it matures.
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(59 of 66) A close-up of one of the black vultures on the beach.
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(60 of 66) There were these grackles in every town and city we visited. This one was on the roof of a building across from our hotel.
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(61 of 66) A Great Egret strutted by a small flock of Black Vultures on the beach.
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(62 of 66) A yellow warbler early in the morning catching insects on the hotel roof.
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(63 of 66) There were many of these beautiful orchids growing at the top of the volcano.
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(64 of 66) Kaela takes a photo of the orchid locally called Spanish Flag.
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(65 of 66) This tree appeared threatening but kept its distance as we passed by.
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(3 of 66) A close-up of the Anna's Hummingbird posted on Monday.
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(4 of 66) The large Red-tailed Hawk perched high on the pine tree with the Bay Bridge foundation as a backdrop.
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(9 of 66) An immature Green Heron perched on a branch.
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