The small flock of American White Ibises has returned to feed in the lush lawn of the rainfall retention basin across the street from my home. These beautiful big wading birds have been here several times. The Ibises mostly live in both coastal and inland wetlands. The area where I live is about twenty five miles from several river wetland areas, and about sixty miles from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ibises were browsing along the edge of the partially filled basin. There are lots of worms and grubs plus larger insects in and around the basin. The storm water is channeled from the street to these neighborhood basins in order to replenish the Florida Aquifer and to minimize potential minor flooding during heavy storms. The Ibises flew in for about an hour and then one by one, flew off to other areas. My neighbors and I really enjoy seeing the Ibises. I took these pictures on June 7, 2013 and June 8, 2013 from the street and from my driveway. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!