Adult and Immature White Ibis

Adult White IbisAdult White Ibis – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

This is an adult White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) that I photographed at Fort De Soto’s north beach that was feeding in a tidal lagoon by the mangroves, I was sitting waist deep in the water when I photographed the bird to get a low angle to capture the elongated reflections that being so low can create. This Ibis was going into breeding plumage, the bill, face and legs would be slightly redder than shown here if it had been closer to breeding time.

Juvenile White IbisJuvenile White Ibis – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

This is an immature White Ibis and although the body, legs, face and bill are similar to the adults the plumage is differently colored. Juvenile White Ibis are generally brown and creamy white from July through December and during the month of December white feathers begin to appear on their backs, this young bird was photographed on December 18, 2008 and shows those white feathers. From December until August of the second year juvenile White Ibis will exhibit more and more white feathers until they have the same plumage as adult.


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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.


  1. Great captures Mia! White Ibis are such beautiful subjects!

  2. My, I just posted some of the WHite Ibis too! I love the juvenile one.

  3. Thee is such a gentle expression in the juvenile’s face… elegance and gentleness… what a combination.

  4. Awesome shots, Mia! The juveniles must be a colorful sight as they age.

  5. Wonderful photos, Mia and in the second photo the lighting is so soft.

  6. Love the reflections of the bird on the water in that first image. Carol

  7. Superb taking of the White Ibis and the juvenile, lovely.

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