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Young American White Ibises

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A flock of American White Ibis juveniles were enjoying the lowered water level of one of the larger rainfall retention ponds here on Wednesday evening.  We were driving past the medium-sized pond and spotted six of the juveniles.  This was the first time I had seen juvenile American White Ibises.  They are brown and white with the distinctive pinkish bill.  The brown coloring disappears as they mature, usually at between 18 and 24 months of age.

These big wading birds eat fish, aquatic snails, frogs, turtles, crayfish, worms, and larger insects.  They seem right at home here in Florida.  I did not see any adult Ibises around so this group is probably in the older range. of juvenile (often called immature).  I took the pictures on August 4, 2013 at about 6:00PM at a pond near one of the golf courses here where I live.  I took the pictures from the roadway while in the car.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Young American White Ibises" (13)

  1. i love these guys! 🙂

  2. I would never have known what these were, a new sight for me because they are juvenile. You got good shots!!!

    • Hi Ginny, Gee, they sure do look different from the adults, don’t they? I would not have known what they were except for their tell-tale pink banana-shaped bill. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I’ve lost my comment yet again!!! Hope you can find it!

  4. Nice to see the juvenile White Ibis! They are all beautiful. Great shots! Have a happy weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, The juvenile American White Ibis have such a tender look to them. So full of promise and eagerness. Goofy and sweet. Have a super weekend and thanks for your great comments!

  5. Nice looking birds – we get a different species of ibis on our sports fields – I may post some this week.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  6. Nice to see the juveniles! They are good looking birds.

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