To catch their prey, the wood stork submerge their beaks into the water effectively setting up a trap. While their beak is open and submerged, they will try and startle unsuspecting prey by moving their feet or their beaks.
When prey is detected, the wood stork snaps it beak shut and traps the prey. Their reflex action is supposed to be the fastest known in the animal world. It has been studied and concluded that their snap-shut speed is double that of the escape reaction of its prey making it highly successful.
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