Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge was calling me yesterday morning and I answered that call and photographed several White-faced Ibis from the auto tour route. White-faced Ibis may look brown from a distance but when the sunlight hits them just right it exposes a rainbow of colors in their plumage.
The White-faced Ibis at the refuge are no longer in their breeding plumage and they lack the white markings on their faces but they are still quite colorful. I wanted to share this photo because I can see a heart shape in it, can you?
White-faced Ibis are here in large numbers during the summer, it is believed that we have the largest breeding population of this species out in the marshes of the Great Salt Lake and I have to say that sometimes the skies here are filled with them early in the morning as they make their way to their feeding grounds.
Their calls remind me of an “oink” but AllAboutBirds.org describes the sound as a nasal moaning “urm”.
The group of White-faced Ibis I photographed yesterday were pretty cooperative, normally I get photos of their tails as they fly away.
I’m always happy to photograph White-faced Ibis when they are here in Utah or when I am up in Montana. They aren’t here year round and I actually miss them, their curved bills, their odd calls and their colorful plumage when they are gone.
Life is good.