Tuesday, July 12, 2016

White Ibis From Ding Darling Refuge On Sanibel

The white ibis is a very common bird all over Florida.  I've seen them in the depths of  the Everglades and in my front yard after every rainfall.  The one in this photo was interesting since it was at the end of dimorphic color change.  They're mostly brown for the first two years of their life and then gradually transition to the solid white during year three.  This ibis was almost finished with that change and was also very cooperative as it sat on a mud flat in the Ding Darling refuge last month.