I’ve only seen Glossy Ibis a few times in South Carolina and was surprised to come upon this one feeding in an old rice field pond at the end of February.
Ibis will eat about anything they find while probing mud or wetlands.
When they turn in the light the Glossy Ibis’ colors are spectacular.
A Glossy Ibis casually passed by while the wading bird feeding frenzy of my recent posts was going on.
The Glossy Ibis has an iridescence that sparkles with green in the right light. These images didn’t quite capture that, but he was still a pretty sight.
It seemed inevitable that they would fly.
I’m not sure who gave the signal, but the whole group got it.
Click on either image for larger view.
White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret
Two Glossy Ibis go about their business, feeding in the shallow water. Their companions seem intent on getting into each other’s business.
A little sun would have helped bring out the gorgeous colors in these birds’ feathers.
Rising up out of the water on his toes, Ibis #4 had the last word.