White-faced Ibis in flight

White-faced Ibis in flightWhite-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 White-faced Ibis in flight last fall at Farmington Bay WMA as it came in for a landing.



  1. Julie Brown March 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

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

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

      They are a challenge to expose and still get the iridescence to show. Thanks for commenting Julie.

  2. Linda Rockwell March 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Another absolutely gorgeous photo Mia!

    • Mia McPherson March 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Linda, thanks for your comment, it is much appreciated.

  3. Tammy Karr March 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Tammy, thanks for commenting. They do look similar to the Glossy Ibis, I love the iridesence they both have

  4. Bob Zeller March 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Thank you very much Bob!

  5. Julie G. March 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

      Thank you Julie, they do look similar to the Glossy Ibis I used to see in Florida.

  6. Laurence Butler March 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      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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