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White Ibis, All Around

I saw a flock of White Ibis at the far end of the pond, sitting very pretty in a tree with red buds. They stayed put until I got a bit closer, but my hoped for image of a single white bird surrounded by red wasn’t to be.

White Ibis in Budding Maple Tree
White Ibis in Budding Maple Tree

On my way to the back of the pond I spotted a single Ibis that was on a limb hanging over the water. There were a few colorful buds on that tree, but the bird seemed determined to keep his face shaded.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Then a few feet away another Ibis right over the path, showing off his feet and with sun on his face.

White Ibis
White Ibis

White Ibis Roosting

A small flock of White Ibis have been hanging out in this tree in late afternoons.

White Ibis Flock in Tree
White Ibis Flock in Closer Tree, Great Blue Heron nests in the trees behind

In other years Great Blue Herons have nested here.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Right now the GBH are only in the further trees and the Ibis have the run of this one

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Squabbles among the Ibis are pretty common.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Sometimes they just want a bit of alone time.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

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 songĀ  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