For weeks I have been seeing White-faced Ibis fly overs and yesterday I had my first opportunity of the year to photograph them for the year at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The ibis are in breeding plumage now and if they haven’t begun to nest yet they will do so soon.
The largest nesting colony of White-faced Ibis occurs right here in Utah in the marshes surrounding the Great Salt Lake. There are mornings when I see dozens of wedges of them in flight when I am on the way to go photographing birds. I saw several flocks of them feeding yesterday while on the auto tour route at the refuge but I was only able to get close to five of them that were near the road in some grasses.
White-faced Ibis get their name from the white border around the lores and eyes shown in this image but that border is not present when they are in nonbreeding plumage or when they are juveniles.
When the White-faced Ibis left the grasses I was able to get a few lift off images but my shutter speed had dropped and while I was able to get the feet, legs, neck, face and bill sharp the wings showed motion blur. At first I didn’t care for the blur but it has grown on me now.
On another note, I also saw a North American Beaver at the refuge yesterday, my first for that location. It was a rather large beaver and I was only able to get poor quality, back lit images of it which was frustrating but I was still delighted to see it.
You just never know what you will see while out photographing birds.
Life is good.