White-faced Ibis in flight

White-faced Ibis in flight

White-faced Ibis in flight

White-faced Ibises (Plegadis chihi) breed and nest in the freshwater marshes around the Great Salt Lake. Generally they migrate south for the winter though this winter there were a few that stayed at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. That may be due to the very mild winter we had.

I photographed this Ibis last fall at Farmington Bay WMA as it came in for a landing.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


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  2. It is very cool to see them in flight. Nice eye contact. They really are an exposure challenge, aren’t they?

  3. Another absolutely gorgeous photo Mia!

  4. The White-faced Ibis gorgeous! It looks similar to the Glossy Ibis, with its iridescent colors.

  5. Lovely in-flight photo of the White-faced Ibis, Mia.

  6. Marvelous capture of a beautiful bird! They look very similar to the Glossy Ibises I’ve seen in Florida.

  7. It’s boggling to think there are Ibises inland in the U.S. They look like birds that should only be walking along the Amazon, but here they are up in Utah. Very cool.

    • Laurence, the variety of birds here in Utah is simply amazing. The White-faced Ibises love the freshwater marshes, ponds and lakes here. They are kind of funny too because they “oink” when startled and sound like a flying pig!

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