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American White Ibis

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Three American White Ibises have been coming to the grassy rainfall retention pond (dry for now) that is across the street from my home.  I have seen these large wading birds at this spot on the last three afternoons.  It is surprising to me to see these exotic large birds strolling around the lawn while they search for grubs, bugs and insects.  Ibises prefer small Crawfish, Frogs, or smaller Snakes but will eat many land-based insects when hungry and away from bodies of water.

The American White Ibis lives here in Florida and also in many spots along the Gulf of Mexico.  An Ibis is about the same size as a Great Blue Heron and is mostly white with a black tip on each wing.  They have a slightly hooked, slender bill that is mostly a salmon pink, and have the same pink legs and feet.  The Ibises seem to tolerate the daily neighborhood activities and cars going past on the street, pretty well.  Amazing!  I took the pictures of the Ibises on May 14, 2013, and the basin on April 7, 2013.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "American White Ibis" (9)

  1. they’re such neat birds. glad you get to see them foraging in the lawns.

    • Hi Theresa, I am really glad to see these big birds here – unusual for me to think that having big birds so close to homes is normal. Have a great weekend.

  2. Beautiful birds, Linda. Hope you like your new home. Things are going GREAT up here. it’s the perfect time of year!!!!

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, we like our new home here in Fl – many activities and pleasant weather. The birding is excellent and we have occasionally seen small animals, too (no gators yet and I am glad). Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Glade.

  3. When I first moved here to Florida, the grasses were nearly brown and many leaves were a much less vivid green. We are entering the wet season now and the grass in sunny areas, is bright green. Very pleasant.

  4. It would be so amazing o have birds like this around here!!!

    • Hi Ginny, It is really fun and interesting to watch them. So far, I can’t get super close but about 20 yds. is what does it well for them. Cars and golf carts drive down the street and the birds look up, fluff a little then go back to chowing down. I even saw a hawk low in a tree sorta eye-balling the Ibises, but then… The birds are just a bigger mouthful than the hawk would expect to deal with. Ha! Have a great weekend.

  5. What a treat for you to get the chance to photograph those!

  6. Cool, I would love having these Ibis, so close to home. I remember seeing them all over Florida. Great shots. Have a happy weekend!

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