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A Flock of Ibises


These American White Ibises were flying around in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in the afternoon.  My husband and I were driving East on State Route 40 through Ocala when I spotted the flock of Ibises flying.  I started to take some pictures and noticed that the huge birds had decided to pause for awhile and perch in a downtown tree!  I took these pictures through the windshield of the pick-up truck while we were moving in traffic.  The lines you see in the pictures are regular electric or telephone lines that are along the city street in town.

The Ibis is a very beautiful and slightly comical bird.  These Ibises all perched precariously in the tree sure were an amazing sight.  They looked like white ornaments hanging from the tree like holiday decorations.  The other thing that was funny about the scene was that this all happened in a mixed business and residential area.  This area is only a few miles from the Silver Springs State Park and Silver River so perhaps Ibises do reside fairly nearby.  I’m including a close-up crop of one of these tree-top Ibises for your viewing enjoyment.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.


Comments on: "A Flock of Ibises" (9)

  1. Strange that they tolerate urban conditions like that! Nice to see though!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, it does seem odd, but I have read where Ibis have been commonly seen strolling around neighborhoods and on people’s front lawns down South here in FL. Have a fabulous day today and thanks again for your great comments!

  2. so cool to see a flock! i’ve only seen 2 or 3 here at a time, but i’m still pleased as punch we get them here.

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, I agree. The Ibises are truly interesting birds and you are lucky that they stop in your area of the United States. Glad you like the Ibis. Have a super good day!

  3. The Editors of Garden Variety said:

    They are truly beautiful birds!

  4. It is cool seeing the flocks of birds. And the Ibis are pretty too. Great sighting. Have a happy day and week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, Thank you! Yes, this is the first flock I have seen really. Oh, I had previously seen four or five in one place, but that’s about it. So, seeing probably 20 is neat. Have a really fine day!

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