Wood storks are rarely seen in Big Thicket, but can sometimes be seen along the Texas coast during the summer. Wood storks are wading birds that are typically found near water sources. They live primarily off of fish. They find their food by wading slowly through the water with their bills open and submerged in the water. When they feel a fish touch their bill they snap it up, catching a meal.
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Last updated: May 4, 2021