A flock of American White Ibis juveniles were enjoying the lowered water level of one of the larger rainfall retention ponds here on Wednesday evening. We were driving past the medium-sized pond and spotted six of the juveniles. This was the first time I had seen juvenile American White Ibises. They are brown and white with the distinctive pinkish bill. The brown coloring disappears as they mature, usually at between 18 and 24 months of age.
These big wading birds eat fish, aquatic snails, frogs, turtles, crayfish, worms, and larger insects. They seem right at home here in Florida. I did not see any adult Ibises around so this group is probably in the older range. of juvenile (often called immature). I took the pictures on August 4, 2013 at about 6:00PM at a pond near one of the golf courses here where I live. I took the pictures from the roadway while in the car. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!