Saturday, April 30, 2011

White-faced Ibis At Alkali Hot Springs Area

Good morning to all. 
It is another one of those fantasy days,with the  help of DesertDale and his camera, as he took over 300 yesterday.

White-faced Ibis is a wading bird.  It is a iridescent bronze-brown overall.  With a red eyes,  skinning legs and feet.
It feeds on invertebrates, frogs, fish.
They fly in straight line formation.
They do breed from Oregon east to Minnesota and south to southeastern New Mexico and Texas, and east to Louisiana.
Spends winters from southern California and the Gulf Coast of Texas Louisiana and to El Salvador.
They preferred habitats include salt and fresh marshes, marshes and brushy around  islands in Louisiana  area.
The largest white-faced ibis nesting colony in the world may  be found in the marshes around the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

The White-faced ibises are declining throughout North America, because of the use of draining of wetlands and the use of pesticides.

The White-faced Ibis is a medium-sized wading bird with a. They are a metallic purple color on back and shoulders. Their wings and tail are a bronze shad with a green tint in them.
Their bills are long, slender and curved. The adult eyes are red and juvenile
are brown eyed.
Males are slightly larger than females and have longer bills, but are otherwise identical in looks.
The breeding populations of the Texas and Louisiana coasts are year round.

They feed on earthworms, insect larvae, leeches, snails, crayfish, small fish, frogs, and bivalves.

Both parents take turns incubating for 20-26 days.

Before I sign off, I must say Desertdale took all the photos.  There are many more.  Just can not post them all.  I tried to post them in order but not sure if I did.
Any way enjoy them , as I did watching him take them over a few days.

Kitfoxgal

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