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!