White Ibis are brown when young.
Does a day go by that I do NOT see these birds?
A distinctive bill!
Good for probing.
White Ibises probe for insects and crustaceans beneath the surface of wetlands. They insert their bill into soft muddy bottoms and feel for prey. When they feel something, they pinch it like a tweezer, pulling out crayfish, earthworms, marine worms, and crabs. They also stab or pinch fish, frogs, lizards, snails, and newts. Many of their prey are swallowed on the spot, but for really muddy items they carry them away to wash the mud off before eating. They break harder crustaceans with their bills and remove claws from crabs and crayfish before eating them.
Great photos! Where is this taken? Looks like the IBIS do not shy away from photographers or were the photos taken from a distance? Lovely!
I was at the pond in Indian RiverSide Park, Jensen Beach, FL. Ibises don’t seem shy of people but these ibises are especially not shy because people feed them and the ducks sometimes in this spot.
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I see them daily as well. My favorite sightings are when they walk along the tops of hedges at the grocery store.
It’s funny to see them perched on telephone wires sometimes too!