The American White Ibis is a fabulously interesting large, white and pink and black bird. The pink parts are its bill and legs. The black parts are the tips of its wings and the smudge-looking tip of its bill. Everything else is white other than the eyes. They are so charming it is incredible. The Ibises here have been here a few times recently in the late afternoon. They have been hunting for insects along the lawns around and in the rainfall retention basins. Since we have had heavy rains lately, the basins do have a little water in them. Ibises are wading birds that live in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico mostly.
One Ibis cracked me up. It strolled along the front lawn of one of my neighbors. The finny sight was the Ibis walking along right around a concrete lawn statue of a Gnome! How fun is that ?
I took these pictures from the street in front of my house on June 12, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! I want to close by wishing all dads a Happy Father’s Day!
The small flock of American White Ibises has returned to feed in the lush lawn of the rainfall retention basin across the street from my home. These beautiful big wading birds have been here several times. The Ibises mostly live in both coastal and inland wetlands. The area where I live is about twenty five miles from several river wetland areas, and about sixty miles from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ibises were browsing along the edge of the partially filled basin. There are lots of worms and grubs plus larger insects in and around the basin. The storm water is channeled from the street to these neighborhood basins in order to replenish the Florida Aquifer and to minimize potential minor flooding during heavy storms. The Ibises flew in for about an hour and then one by one, flew off to other areas. My neighbors and I really enjoy seeing the Ibises. I took these pictures on June 7, 2013 and June 8, 2013 from the street and from my driveway. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These American White Ibises were back at the then empty rainfall retention basin across the street from my home. These large white birds with black tips on their wings, had been there at the basin green-space on three days last week. They flew in to feed on insects in the late afternoon. I was slightly alarmed to see a hawk perched low in a tree along the street in front of the basin. That hawk was watching the Ibises intently but decided that the Ibises were not the target and flew off. The Ibises kept on looking in the lawns for food by poking their bills down into the grass.
I saw an Ibis again in another such water retention basin about a half-mile away on Tuesday night at twilight. Apparently the Ibises have decided that this active adult golf resort community is just the place for peaceful browsing. I think where I live is a pretty nice place to have my dinner, too! Ha! I took these pictures on May 17, 2013 from the street in front of my home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday weekend!
Three American White Ibises have been coming to the grassy rainfall retention pond (dry for now) that is across the street from my home. I have seen these large wading birds at this spot on the last three afternoons. It is surprising to me to see these exotic large birds strolling around the lawn while they search for grubs, bugs and insects. Ibises prefer small Crawfish, Frogs, or smaller Snakes but will eat many land-based insects when hungry and away from bodies of water.
The American White Ibis lives here in Florida and also in many spots along the Gulf of Mexico. An Ibis is about the same size as a Great Blue Heron and is mostly white with a black tip on each wing. They have a slightly hooked, slender bill that is mostly a salmon pink, and have the same pink legs and feet. The Ibises seem to tolerate the daily neighborhood activities and cars going past on the street, pretty well. Amazing! I took the pictures of the Ibises on May 14, 2013, and the basin on April 7, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!