Ole Blue Eyes – White Ibis

I think it is great to see a bird with sea blue eyes feeding along a shoreline with water nearly of nearly the hue.

White IbisWhite Ibis – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this Ibis as it searched for prey along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida a few years ago. I have taken photos of hundreds of White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) in Florida and this is the only one I have where the Ibis looks like it could be an aggressive bird.

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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 photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. Arizona has the white, white-faced, and (more recently reported) the glossy ibis, of which the latter two can hardly be distinguished. Given the quality of this photograph, I believe that your talents would make it less of a challenge to overcome ambiguity had you photographed either of the two cryptic species. (The word “ibis” is usually treated the same as singular or plural.)

    • Thanks Mathew, we have White-faced Ibis here and while I was gone there were reports of Glossy Ibis too, they aren’t common for Utah. I appreciate your kind words and the clarification about “Ibis” being used for singular or plural!

  2. What a beautiful photo of the White Ibis Mia! I’ve been offline for the most part for a couple of weeks. Can’t wait to catch up with your blog!

  3. Great photo Mia! You are right, that Ibis does look angry!

  4. Great shot, Mia. It’s a benign bird but not so benign if you are a little fish; you’ll get the evil eye.

  5. A wonderful shot. Amazing that you caught the eye so well!

  6. Great bird and lovely light Mia!

  7. The gorgeous White Ibis looks very focused. Terrific capture! I always delight in seeing these birds while vacationing in Florida.

  8. Love the look at his face. He’s looking very intent. Stay cool wherever you are. Carol

  9. Super photo Mia; you did catch a certain gleam in the eye of this bird.

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