American White Ibises were happily lounging around the shore of one of the local small lakes when I stopped to take pictures. The brown and white bird is a juvenile American White Ibis. This crowd of Ibises were attracted to the sound of gas-powered golf carts.
Tourists and a few locals (some with youngsters) come in the golf carts and give the throngs of Ibises and other water birds, treats like crackers, bread, cereal and bird seed. I do not participate in this. The birds have come to expect that people in carts means that food will come their way. They actually beg. No wonder there are a lot of the birds around! The natural foods for American White Ibises are aquatic and land snails, worms, insects, grubs, and they occasionally eat seeds. Yes, there are Wood Storks in one of the pictures (first row at left). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo. Enjoy!