Landing White-faced IbisLanding White-faced Ibis – Nikon D300

I spent some time being frustrated by camera equipment yesterday at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. I had taken my new Nikon D7100 back to my local camera store because of black spots migrating from the top of my viewfinder to the bottom so I was using the Nikon D300 which I replaced with the D7100 because it was acting like the shutter was going out on me. Well for a bit the D300 acted normally until I tried taking images of a Snowy Egret against dark water and then the exposure was all over the place. So finally I swapped out the D300 and replaced it with a D200. Maddening. Good thing I had the D200 in my bag with a wide angle lens on it.

Back to photographing though. There were quite a few White-faced Ibis on Glover Pond near the Great Salt Lake Nature Center and I focused on them for a bit. Some were foraging, a few were squabbling and flying around. I captured the image above when the ibis was landing.

Calm White-faced IbisCalm White-faced Ibis – Nikon D200

After I swapped to the Nikon D200 this White-faced Ibis stood quietly in the shallow water of Glover Pond.

Preening White-faced IbisPreening White-faced Ibis – Nikon D200

And started to preen.

Nonbreeding White-faced IbisNonbreeding White-faced Ibis

Even though the ibis are in nonbreeding plumage now their plumage coloration is still appealing to me.

White-faced Ibis preeningWhite-faced Ibis preening – Nikon D200

The ibis contorted itself to preen areas that were more difficult to reach and to spread the oils from the uropygial gland which aids in preening and keeps the feathers waterproof and flexible.

Mirrored White-faced IbisMirrored White-faced Ibis – Nikon D200

Birds can twist themselves into funny poses while preening.

Have a great day!



  1. Utahbooklover August 8, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I agree with Patty C. the first image is outstanding! Altogether an interesting assortment in spite of camera issues. I have a humble Nikon Coolpix P500 which I purchased for my Kenyan safari a few years ago; it performed well enough most of the time and I loved the light-weight and compact design for a 36x optical zoom.

  2. Patty Chadwick August 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    These are great shots!!!especially love the first one, but the others are terrific, too…love the reflections….

  3. Elephant's Child August 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    How incredibly frustrating. And how wonderful that you were able to overcome that frustration and capture and share this beauty. Thank you.

  4. Jolanta August 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks!

  5. Montanagirl August 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Nothing quite like having camera troubles! Love your reflections shots.

  6. Lois Bryan August 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Sorry to hear about your camera problems, Mia … hope both the 7100 and the 300 start behaving soon!! Great images … I love the colors you’ve captured on this guys … wonderful hints of greens and blues and reds!!!

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