Tag Archives: Glossy Ibis

Reddish Egret Session Photobombed

There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by

Maybe just hop a bit further on.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

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.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis

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 EgretĀ  at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022

Glossy Ibis, And Friend

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.

Glossy Ibis and Tricolored Heron
Glossy Ibis and Tricolored Heron

Finally, the Glossy Ibis made a pivot to the left leaving his companion behind for a moment and flashing his green iridescent side.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022

A Spoonbill and an Ibis

No, they didn’t meet in a bar.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

And when they did meet nothing happened, not even a glance.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

They were just passing by.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

In a couple of minutes they had both wandered to the left, searching the mud for lunch.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron in background

Lodge Pond, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 16, 2020