Tag Archives: White Ibis

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

Early Seeding Maple

A maple tree stands on this small island, actually more of a struggle, as it doesn’t stand straight and there isn’t much more to it than what you see here in this image taken this week. This tree is an early bloomer, and a variety with bright red seed pods.

Ravenswood Pond, Maple Branch
Ravenswood Pond, Maple Branch

Finding a bird in the right light tucked in among these bright maple seeds is a treat. The next two images were taken a few weeks ago on a windy day when most of the wading birds were staying low. The light wasn’t great but I couldn’t resist the red.

Great Blue Heron in Maple Tree
Great Blue Heron in Maple Tree

A small flock of White Ibis has had this island on their daily route for most of the winter. I often see them sticking out of the pine trees on the far end of the island and was happy to spot these two on the trail side.

White Ibis in Maple Tree
White Ibis in Maple Tree – Peek-a-boo

White Ibis

I’ve spotted White Ibis all around the swamp recently, including taking a turn in the Skinny Tree while the Great Blue Heron was away.

White Ibis in the Skinny Tree
White Ibis in the Skinny Tree — Look close there are two on the right.

Ibis feed by probing with their long bill and this one is surprisingly clean for standing in the duck weed.

White Ibis
White Ibis, Showing off his blue eye

Several of them landed in a pine tree over the trail, unconcerned about observers.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree

Although this one had a bit to say.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree