There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.
Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.
You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.
Maybe just hop a bit further on.
I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.
The Reddish Egret never kept to his path and the Ibis did keep moving. Once the Ibis touched down he didn’t look as big as with his wings out.
According to Cornell’s All About Birds, the Glossy Ibis at 19-26 inches(48-66 cm) in length is slightly smaller than the Reddish Egret at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).
Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022
I was delighted to spot a Glossy Ibis in close range, even if he was being stalked by a Tricolored Heron looking to feed on any fish stirred up by the Ibis.
Finally, the Glossy Ibis made a pivot to the left leaving his companion behind for a moment and flashing his green iridescent side.
Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022
Or more importantly, follow lunch. The wading birds in the rear often reap the benefits of a meal stirred up by those in the lead.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021
It seemed inevitable that they would fly.
I’m not sure who gave the signal, but the whole group got it.
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White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret