Rare Locals~

White Faced Ibis are large and imposing birds.

They are residents year round in Southern California,

although I rarely see them.

Finding this nesting colony,

was quite a treat.

White Faced Ibis have a migratory range that extends from Canada in the north, to Chile and Argentina in the south. I have seen and photographed them more in South America than I have here!

Cheers to you from the gorgeous and iridescent White Faced Ibis~

196 thoughts on “Rare Locals~

  1. Those are a beautiful and colorful Ibis birds. I have seen many in Australia particularly in Goldcoast and Perth but they are the dull black ones. They move closer to humans as they are asking for some leftovers.

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  2. Wonderful. They might be rare for you, but they’re unknown to us, so what lovely souvenirs you were able to take when you saw these exceedingly handsome creatures.

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  3. WOW! These Ibis are so much different from the birds I’ve seen. Their long beaks, legs and multi colours are a treat to watch. You have done such an amazing job photographing them. Thank you for sharing your great shots. 🙂

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  4. He is a beauty. I’ve seen groups of Ibis fly by over the Rio Grande at dusk, but I’ve never seen then wading in the river or foraging.

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  5. Cindy, what a wonderful post with such vivid photos of the birds with variegated colors. How delightful as a photographer to have creative moments such as these. Thank you for the enjoyment of your creative skills. Be well. oxox

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    • I have seen the odd few at The Salton Sea, but this nesting site was a big surprise. They were almost extirpated from the state, but have made a comeback. People shot them and they ate poison. But they are doing better now დ

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        • Yes, their eggs were damaged by DDT. Do you remember having DDT sprayed on ponds and rivers you played in as a kid? I do. We were to stay inside during the spraying, but then when we went out to find stuff in the ponds and streams, the DDT oil skimmed the surface of the water, and covered your hands and arms. I thought it was strange. Ibis also ate crustaceans, bugs and such, and accumulated other toxins. They are now doing much better.

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