A White-faced Ibis in breeding plumage at Red Rock Lakes NWR

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A White-faced Ibis in breeding plumageA White-faced Ibis in breeding plumage – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The first bird I photographed on my recent trip to Idaho and Montana was a White-faced Ibis in breeding plumage. This ibis was actively searching for food along the shoreline of the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana and the sun in the western horizon sure picked up the iridescent colors on the wings but what drew my eye is how the white feathers on its face stood out so well.

It sure makes it easy to see where they got their common name.

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Pierre May 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Spectacular, as always! And looks like the light was quite perfect…

  2. Elephant's Child May 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Wow.

  3. Utahbooklover May 9, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Wonderful image Mia. BTW, saw my first Bullock’s Orieo yesterday, a beautiful male, at the hummingbird feeder but still no sign of the hummingbird’s return.

  4. Johanna van de Woestijne May 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Lovely!

  5. Dave Sparks May 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Wow! I almost never get such a nice open look at a White-faced Ibis. Love the foot position, the iridescent wing colors and the well-defined white border around the red face. I bet the red iris is visible too.

  6. Patty Chadwick May 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

    That’s my bird! As a graduate of the University of Miami, in Coral Gables,Fla. Thanks!!!

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