The feature image is a Glossy Ibis feeding at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. There are three species of Ibis in the United States. The White Ibis, Glossy Ibis and White-faced Ibis. I have shared two of them today.
White Ibises can generally be found in groups of their own kind and other large wading birds in shallow wetlands or mudflats. In January or February, a few adults bring a colony of juveniles to our neighborhood. They raid the grubs in each person’s yard, moving systematically from street to street teaching the young how to forage for themselves. Natural pesticide for us!
The Glossy Ibis looks black however if you have a good pair of binoculars, you will be able to see deep maroon, emerald, bronze and violet feathers.
You may often see Ibises with other large wading birds like Herons, Egrets and Spoonbills as they are slow probing hunters that are found in swampy areas and mudflats. Ibises nest in colonies within their species and other species mentioned above.
This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.