These American White Ibises were flying around in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in the afternoon. My husband and I were driving East on State Route 40 through Ocala when I spotted the flock of Ibises flying. I started to take some pictures and noticed that the huge birds had decided to pause for awhile and perch in a downtown tree! I took these pictures through the windshield of the pick-up truck while we were moving in traffic. The lines you see in the pictures are regular electric or telephone lines that are along the city street in town.
The Ibis is a very beautiful and slightly comical bird. These Ibises all perched precariously in the tree sure were an amazing sight. They looked like white ornaments hanging from the tree like holiday decorations. The other thing that was funny about the scene was that this all happened in a mixed business and residential area. This area is only a few miles from the Silver Springs State Park and Silver River so perhaps Ibises do reside fairly nearby. I’m including a close-up crop of one of these tree-top Ibises for your viewing enjoyment. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
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!
I am so happy that we have had a steady series of visits by the Great Blue Herons here. I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2012, June 26, 2012, and again on July 1, 2012. The herons usually keep to the far shore where the cow pastures are but occasionally the big birds will come over to this side of the pond. The picture where the heron was under the Oak was taken on such an occasion. The cows were near the shoreline and some of the cows were even wading in the pond to keep cool. We had several days of hot weather with temperatures in the very high 90’s and low 100’s (F.). The yards here were getting very dry and brown due to a drought we had been under here. Last night we had a series of strong thunderstorms (no damages here) and got a great soaking rain that was very appreciated! The Great Blue Herons are around the pond where it is cool and they can find food. I enjoy seeing these large wading birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!