This pair of White Ibis were hunting for a quick meal in my front yard this afternoon. There was a break in the rain squalls so the big white birds came to browse for bugs. I am glad! The ibises are entertaining and pretty cool about my watching them and taking their picture (from an appropriate distance using my zoom lens). In the parks, the ibis seem calm and tame but when patrolling neighborhood lawns, they can be skittish. I was happy to see the birds be so nonchalant about my presence.
We are awaiting the coming Tropical Storm which we hope will not do much if anything as far as damage here in The Villages. Up North in Ocala where I used to live will be a bit rougher but still not hurricane strength stormy. I am going to post today, Thursday, instead of tomorrow due to uncertainty about the coming storm. Probably everything will be fine! I will let you know tomorrow or on my regular Monday post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
UPDATE: All is fine for us here in my neighborhood of The Villages, FL. No damage on my street and just a bunch of Oak Tree sticks to rake up. No flooding or high winds at all. Thanks for your good wishes and prayers! Wildlifewatcher
White Ibises are not that unusual here in The Villages, Florida, but the medium-sized wading birds are most often seen on the shore of a pond or lake. Occasionally, the little flocks take wing and decide to strike out for different pastures and land in neighborhoods. A few days ago, I looked out my window and behold, there they were! It is exciting to see a small group of the ibises strolling along the lawns. About the only thing that gets the birds excited is when a resident walks their dog or when cars roll down the street. These birds seem pleasant and are excellent bug hunters. A nice thing here.
The juveniles are the brownish-colored ones in my pictures; with a more brown to tan-colored bill. The juvenile White Ibises get white feathers with black wing tip under feathers as they age and the bill of the juvenile turns red at the same time. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
White Ibises come through my neighborhood and browse for insects, worms, grubs, and tie-bits of seeds on lawns from time to time.
Early last night at twilight, we came home from shopping at the local supermarket to find a small flock of Ibises on our lawn. So, out came my camera and here is the result. I enjoy these goofy-looking sweet big birds!
It does take a bit of getting used-to but I really love having White Ibises on the lawn. The ibises don’t stay long in one spot. I suspect that the ibises are good for the grass, too! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image. Enjoy! Have a happy Easter!