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Juvenile White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

White Ibises, Mallard Ducks, Pekin Ducks, Muscovy Ducks,  and a very hot Great Blue Heron were all trying to cool off yesterday afternoon here in The Villages, FL.  It was about 88 degrees F. (and very humid) when I was visiting the lovely Veteran’s Park and little Mira-Mar Lake.

The brown and white-colored White Ibises are juveniles.  The Ibises rushed up when our golf cart arrived, hoping against hope that we would be bringing treats.  That is why I got the close-ups.  No, no treats from me.  It is against the law and bad for the exotic birds as well, to feed the Ibises, Cranes, Herons, Egrets and other larger wild birds.  By the way, I also saw a male Northern Cardinal beating the heat by flitting about the bushes trying hunt in the shade.

Ibises and Mallard Ducks

Ibises and Mallard Ducks

White Ibises

White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

 

A Great Blue Heron Cooling Off

A Great Blue Heron Cooling Off

Sitting Ducks!

Sitting Ducks!

A Male Northern Cardinal

A Male Northern Cardinal

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Comments on: "Ibises, Ducks and a Heron on a Hot Day" (11)

  1. They don’t have their bills open to cool off so it wasn’t too hot for them yet. 🙂

  2. Plover Lock said:

    I didn’t even know that ibis would be like the mallards and Canada geese, coming up to people for treats.

    • Hi Plover Lock, Yes, they are pretty much park pets although very wild. They fly to a marsh a few miles away every night to roost. The flocks of Ibises here are tame and roam neighborhoods and parks in search of insects and worms on lawns. They are harmless for the most part (but people still need to remember they are wild animals). Have a great day tomorrow. Thanks for your nice comment!

  3. It’s really nice for someone like you who enjoys the birds so much to have such a large and varied assortment to see. I enjoy seeing your photos of them!

  4. Hello, looks like a nice vareity of birds. The Ibis are one of my favorite Florida birds. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, I like the Ibis too. I was at one of our little parks tonight at dusk just before the Ibis flock left to go to their roost. The group of about ten Ibis followed me around begging (I had to just say no). They are cuties but persistent beggars at times. Have an especially nice Friday tomorrow!

  5. the gbhs always make me laugh when they pose like that – like an obscene flasher. 🙂

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