One of my favorites among the birds is the anachronistic looking wood stork, one of Florida’s signature wading birds. Walking around Lake Morton, I had an opportunity for a stork close-up.
Mythologically revered, the white wood stork has been in Florida for millennia. As with all wildlife, its habitat is dwindling rapidly, and it is considered a threatened species. Thus, I was truly delighted when, driving on a highway in Polk County, I noticed that all lights on that particular stretch had been topped with discarded satellite dishes. A stork’s nest was in each one of them and the birds looked like proud penthouse owners. A brilliant idea and quite a sight, but there was no way to pull over safely to take a picture.
My road trips always turn out to be educational. This one made me more aware of the role the Peace River plays in Florida's ecosystem. At approx. 100 miles length, the Peace River flows from the south of Lake Hancock (the lake by Circle B Bar Reserve) to Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor at the West Coast of Florida.