White-faced Ibis foraging at Farmington Bay WMA

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White-faced Ibis foraging at Farmington BayWhite-faced Ibis foraging at Farmington Bay – Nikon D500, f8, 1/800, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I spent some time yesterday morning at Farmington Bay WMA, it was my first time visiting there this year after they opened the gates past Goose Egg Island on September 15th. They close that area during the nesting season to prevent disturbances. Opening the gates means there is access to more areas to find and photograph birds and this time of the year with shorebirds migrating through there is always the hope of finding something unusual like the Ruff my friend Neil Paprocki spotted last week. I missed seeing it.

I didn’t see any unusual shorebirds yesterday but I did photograph some of them in bad light. A few wading birds; on the other hand, did show up in nice light. There were Snowy Egrets, juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons and this White-faced-Ibis foraging at Farmington Bay to photograph.

White-faced Ibis are migratory and I am not seeing them in the large numbers that I had earlier this year but I have also seen White-faced Ibis here as late as Christmas Day.

Life is good.



  1. Deborah September 29, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. I’m enjoying the white faced Ibis that are hanging around the aquaduct here in Simi valley, California. As far as I can tell there are about a half dozen. (seen roosting in the Sycamores) or maybe more. They seem to be good pals with most of the Snowy Egrets there. I just photographed them again today. I even got a couple half decent skirmishes. 😉
    Thanks for having a look at my photos. I consider that high honor from such a talent as you. I appreciate it.

  2. Elephant's Child September 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Subtle and beautiful.

  3. Bob McPherson September 28, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  4. Patty Chadwick September 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

    A very interesting looking bird…very beautiful wth its subtle colorscand graceful curves…nicely set off by the background….

  5. Colleen Crank September 28, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Is that a juvenile Ibis or one in fall plumage?

    • Mia McPherson September 28, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Colleen, this is an adult in nonbreeding plumage.

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