they have lost their food supplies and therefore are not breeding in enough numbers to keep the population supported. these birds- the only storks in north america- fish by wading through shallow water and stirring up the mud so fish swim around their bills. when a fish touches the bill they immediately (fastest movement in the animal kingdom per the info in the book) grab it and swallow.
so imagine my surprise when over the weekend we had a visit from a wood stork... no mistaking this guy... I had gone out to take a photo of the anhinga drying near the dock and then spied a great blue heron in mating feathers and a couple of turtles hanging out when I turned around and there he was- Mr. Rare Treasure wading around fishing...
never a dull moment here at River Cottage
our mating heron-
the anhinga drying his feathers
turtle catching a breath and then with a buddy--
a mottled duck-
and here he is the star of the show!