Adult and Immature White Ibis

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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.



  1. Tammy Karr October 7, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Great captures Mia! White Ibis are such beautiful subjects!

    • Mia McPherson October 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

      Thanks Tammy, I agree, they are great subjects

  2. M. Firpi October 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 7, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Thank you Maria, I think the juvenile is beautiful.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales October 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you Merrill, I also think the image of the juvenile looks elegance.

  4. Hilke Breder October 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Hilke, the juveniles are very colorful as they age and interesting too!

  5. Prairie Birder October 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

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

    • Mia McPherson October 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you Prairie Birder, your comment is much appreciated!

  6. Carol Mattingly October 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

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

    • Mia McPherson October 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Carol, I liked that reflection too.

  7. Azstu October 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Beautiful shots

  8. Bob Bushell October 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

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

    • Mia McPherson October 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Bob, they are unusual looking but beautiful birds

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