Tag Archives: White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibis are brown when they are young, and gradually become mottled, then change to full white.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

Peek-a-boo and see my bright blue eye!

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

This gnarly tree that hang over a pond are attractive perches for the Ibis, some taking up a position out in the open.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

A group of six or eight were perched through out this tree, blending in with the yellowish leaves.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

Ibis Above

It can be disconcerting when a flock of wading birds lands in a tree over your head. Thoughts of getting pooped on come to mind, and as much as I’d hate to be the recipient of that I’d hate it to land on my camera even more.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This flock of six or eight White Ibis didn’t seem to be concerned about the few photographers standing below and provided some nice poses.

White Ibis
White Ibis

After awhile they took off one by one, and because they were so close to the trees there was no option for in flight photographs.

White Ibis
White Ibis

These were taken in the middle of February and just a few buds were starting to show on the trees.

Rookery Close-ups

As the rookery tree filled up for the night the birds had to be content with less space or have discussions about personal space.

White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill
White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill

These White Ibis had it figured out and evenly spaced themselves before tucking up a leg and in their beaks.

Three White Ibis in a Row
Three White Ibis in a Row

A lone White Ibis had his spot before the sun went down but wasn’t quite ready to close his eye.

White Ibis
White Ibis

 

Bathing Hole

When I first arrived at the end of the boardwalk at St. Augustine Alligator Farm a Great Egret had this little corner to himself. He was just sitting there, not actively bathing, but dunking a little. No Alligators were in the immediate vicinity, that I could see.

Great Egret Chest Deep in Water
Great Egret Chest Deep in Water

Even though he wasn’t doing anything to attract attention he soon had company, as first a Roseate Spoonbill sauntered over, a Snowy Egret dropped in, and then a White Ibis joined the group. The White Ibis, with a splash of mud on his wings, was most in need of a rinse.

White Ibis, Great Egret, Roseate Spoonbill and Snowy Egret
White Ibis, Great Egret, Roseate Spoonbill and Snowy Egret

The dirt look to the Spoonbill’s feathers is the transition to the darker pink/red that happens as they mature.

1/29/2018, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Florida.

Spoonbill Gathering

I saw a lot of Roseate Spoonbills the first three days of my Florida trip in January but at a distance, behind low scrub and/or in low light. Finally on the third afternoon we came upon a flock of mixed wading birds in a marsh that was close enough to the road for clear photographs.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & White Ibis

The flock was working from our right to the left, both wading and taking short flying hops.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & White Ibis

The Ibis and Spoonbills seem quite content to hang out together.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & White Ibis

This Roseate Spoonbill trio really show off the darker pink band on their wings, a contrast with the White Ibis that has just a hint of black on his wing tips.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & White Ibis

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1/28/2018