SkyWatch Friday has been abducted on my blog this week and is replaced with StorkWatch Friday... only because I didn't really have a new picture of the sky this week and am opting to use some photos that are partially sky, but mostly stork (and trees) instead.
In the "Africa" section of the Jacksonville Zoo you will find an animal decidedly not from Africa - Wood Storks. They were never planned as part of the zoo, but they aren't stupid - protected trees, plenty of food and water, little access for predators... they can tell a cushy gig when they see one. And so, starting back in 1999 a small group of 7 nesting pairs made their home in the above trees. They must have told their friends, because by 2005 there were 82 pairs of nesting couples producing over 200 chicks!
They aren't the prettiest of birds, and they smell bad in large numbers (most birds do, of course), and they are noisy - especially during nesting season; but they are also endangered species, so there is nothing the zoo can do - nor that they want to do - to get rid of them. So these Florida birds in the African exhibit are just on safari, I suppose. :)
For SkyWatch Friday shots that hopefully contain more sky than mine does this week, visit Old Tom Wigly at Wiggers World.