This young Glossy Ibis was spotted a couple of weeks ago feeding in the shallows of a small pond near a golf course in the Fenney neighborhood of The Villages, FL. The adult Glossy Ibis is a rich mahogany brown tending more toward a burgundy sheen on its feathers, while the juvenile is a plain matt brown color with a few tiny streaks of lighter feathers.
The Glossy Ibis feed mostly on aquatic snails and worms with occasional aquatic insects as well. There are a lot of tasty Apple Snails in our area which are a delight for these wading birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!