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American White Ibises Here and There

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I saw a flock of American White Ibises in a small park along the shoreline of a very small lake a few days ago.  Now, seeing Ibises near a lake or in a park here in Florida is really, no big deal.  I was absolutely thrilled, to spot another small group of Ibises hunting for bugs in the grass at the side of our now dry, rainfall retention pond here on my own street!  By the way, the Ibises that have brown streaks are older juveniles which are in the process of turning from cocoa brown to mostly all white!

There was also a unique back story to the Ibises being on my block here.  I had heard a commotion among the throng of Crows and went outside to see what was going on.  I spotted not only the Ibis flock, but there was a Turkey Vulture trying to get a drink of water from the little pool of rainwater left in the basin at that time!  It has been very hot here so I can imagine that the vulture just put up with the white birds, the black birds, and yes, that crazy lady with her camera!  A few moments later, the vulture flew off to parts unknown.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Crows vs. A Turkey Vulture

 

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All this Turkey Vulture wanted to do was get a quick drink out of the rainfall pond across the street here.  No, the small group of about five crows would not have it.  The crows ganged up on the poor vulture and off all flew.  It sounded like the battle that happens when the crows chase the neighborhood Red-shouldered Hawk!  Lots of noise and commotion.  In the end, the carrion- eating vulture was the loser and has left the area – for how long, we won’t know.  I took these pictures on Sept. 28, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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