Tag Archives: White Ibis

Great Blue Heron Singing for a Mate

At the darkest point of winter the end of my favorite pond where much of the Great Blue Heron nesting activity is in shadows while the Herons are still working at attracting mates.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The White Ibis wasn’t impressed with the song  and decided to move on.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The GBH remained hopeful, long feathers up.

Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate

I moved a bit further on, and the ritual began again.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

January 3, 2021

Snowy Egrets On The Move

A mixed bag of wading birds was feeding in this pool of water at the side of an old rice field pond.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Most of the birds were concentrating on feeding, but a few Snowy Egrets were busier coming and going.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

This one came in for full spread landing.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

And almost immediately another took off.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Curses on the mud blob ruining this reflection.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, with Wood Storks and White Ibis

Good for me, the flight path he took crossed some clear water.

Exiting Snow Egret
Exiting Snowy Egret and reflection

White Ibis and Snowy Egrets

Startled or just looking for a better spot, a small flock of White Ibis with a few Snowy Egrets mixed in flew from the back of the pond to right in front of me.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets
White Ibis and Snow Egrets

I worked my way a bit closer and watched as the Ibis picked in the mud.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets
White Ibis and Snow Egrets

The Snowy Egrets, one with his eye on a small Alligator, didn’t seem so inclined to get dirty.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets, and an Alligator
White Ibis and Snow Egrets, and an Alligator

White Ibis in Swamp

This section of swamp is newly flooded this year. A small flock of Ibis has added it to their route, poking their way around it looking for food.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Ibis are never concerned about swamp junk getting stuck to them or how deep the water might be.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Here I come…

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

surely there is something to eat under this log.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens announced today that they are now closed until further notice. I will miss my peaceful walks in the woods and keeping up with the birds.

White Ibis Snacking

Poking and prodding anything that they can is how White Ibis feed. Most of the food is small and gets sucked in without a casual passer by seeing it.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

This Ibis was moving in a meticulous pattern, back and forth around these tree trunks.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Yes, it is amazing they stay so clean looking while rooting around in the mud.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp – Who’s the Fairest?

The water is higher than usual after recent rain, but it was no deterrent  to an Ibis looking for lunch. They have no fear of what might be lurking in the depths.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020