Tag Archives: White Ibis

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

Ibis Notes

Reminding me of musical notes on a staff these White Ibis were writing a song in a dead tree.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

However, they weren’t all carrying the same tune, and seemed to covet each others’ spots.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Being “king of the hill” is a popular bird theme.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Pushing right to the limit, this fellow held a long note.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

I circled around to get better light and most of the Ibis had moved on to another song.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

White Ibis, Dark Pond

I occasionally take a walk to this small pond after checking out the action on the big pond. The pond has  a full tree canopy so the light is usually poor for photographs, but late in the day some dappled sun works through. And some days the walk rewards me with a bird.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This trip it was an adult White Ibis, slowing working his way back and forth, in and out of the patches of sunlight.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Then something startled him and he retreated to a spot above the water at the back of the pond, where he carefully checked the sky.

White Ibis
White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis usually travel in groups but this one was by himself searching the edges of a small pond. There is a full tree canopy over the pond so not much direct light gets to the water, and the reflected light appears in  lots of colors.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Back and forth he went with an occasional sweep of the water with his beak, hunting for food.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Reflections of some Cyprus Knees and a few dapples of sunlight changed the look of the water as the Ibis moved along.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond