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Flocks of White Ibises

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American White Ibises are lovely goofy big wading birds.  The many flocks here in my area frequent the little park lakes during the day.  They have unfortunately learned to beg from well-meaning tourist visitors and unaware residents who treat them to bread, crackers or cereal as if they were park ducks.  I do not participate in this and most folks here don’t but these ibises are conditioned to know that generally golf cart noises mean chow is here.  By the way, it is generally illegal to feed exotic birds (Ibis, heron, egret, limpkin, spoonbills, stork, crane among others) in Florida.

The brown-colored ibis is a juvenile.  They are especially attractive.  As they age, their feathers will be replaced with the white and black ones that are the adult colors.  Ibises mostly eat plants but also eat aquatic snails, small aquatic insects, worms, and occasionally very small fish or tadpoles.

I took these pictures here yesterday afternoon at two nearby small lakes.  The ibises actually come up to people and are not wary at all.  The have become really park pet animals but are still wild and free.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Flocks of White Ibises" (6)

  1. Your area seems to be just about perfect for the large wading birds, and the ponds, both public and private, really help them. Very cool to see!

    • Hi Montucky, Little did I know when I moved here that there would be so much wildlife. I live only just a few miles from about ten lakes and numerous ponds. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow and thanks for all your kind comments!

  2. Hello, I relaly enjoyed seeing the White Ibis all over Florida. I agree it is bad to feed any wild bird or animal. Wonderful collection of images. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

  3. they really are neat. and i always have a hard time deciding whether the adults or the juveniles are more handsome – and that’s rare for any species. 🙂

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