This Glossy Ibis is the first Glossy Ibis I have ever seen. I spotted the big wader feeding in the shallow marsh on the edge of a medium-sized lake here. I took the pictures from a raised wooden deck observation platform at a little park, Live Oaks Park, in The Villages, FL (The “Sunrise Point” observation platform on Lake Sumter).
The Glossy Ibises live along the Southeastern Atlantic coastline here in the United States as well as in some places in Europe, Great Britain, and Africa.
Glossy Ibises eat aquatic insects, small fish, worms, and aquatic snails. They use that long bill to root around in the muddy water for their prey. This particular bird shown, is in its non-breeding colors. It is very different from the juvenile White Ibis (which is shown in the center photograph below), side-by-side with the Glossy Ibis. This bird gets a bronze and green coloring that is very attractive bright and glossy when in breeding finery. The Glossy Ibis also has that dark grey blue-brown bill and similar coloring on the legs and feet. I took the pictures on Dec. 30 2015.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! This is the beginning of my seventh year of writing this blog. Happy birding and wildlife-watching in 2016! P.S. Sorry for the late post today – too much fun, frivolity, and football. Wildlifewatzher