After not having a lot of luck at Santa Rosa NP the day before, I decided to try Palo Verde on my 2nd to last morning. It was about 2-3 hour drive, but given I was used to eastern time it wasn't hard to arrive at dawn. There are a lot of rice paddies around Palo Verde National Park and I knew that this was one of the better areas for Jabiru (as well as some of the rarer rails that I didn't try for). I pulled over when I saw some egrets in a ditch and then some storks farther back. In the half-light a Wood Stork with its head at an odd angle gave me a rush of adrenaline as I lifted my bins. I somewhat sheepishly let the binoculars fall, only to have a Jabiru drop down right in front of them. Using the car as a blind, the bird paid me no notice and ended up walking right past.
The massive bird was hard to fit into the viewfinder.
I found a few more a little farther down the road. The bird seems like something out of Africa. Check out the size difference between it and a puny looking Wood Stork.
Spoonbills were fairly common here as well, this one gave up better photo-ops than any I've encountered in Florida in the last few years.
Finally a Double-striped Thick-knee.