Ole Blue Eyes – White Ibis

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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.

*I am away for a few days, please feel free to share this post with your friends and family. I’ll catch up on everyone’s great blogs when I get back!



  1. Mathew July 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    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.)

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      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. Linda Rockwell July 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Linda, I know you are a busy lady! Thank you for commenting on this Ibis image.

  3. Tammy Karr July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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

  4. Hilke Breder July 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Hilke, thanks for your comment!

  5. Kathiesbirds July 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thank you for commenting Kathie, much appreciated.

  6. Elijah Goodwin July 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Great bird and lovely light Mia!

  7. Julie G. July 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Julie, they are neat birds.

  8. Carol Mattingly July 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Carol, mornings are cool in MT, days are warm. Thanks!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Carol, it was hot in Montana but the mornings were cool! Thanks.

  9. Dan Huber July 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Dan, there is some kind of a gleam in the eye of the Ibis! Thanks for commenting.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Dan, those blue eyes do twinkle!

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