Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/14/2014


Photo taken on July 12, 2014


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White-faced Ibis
Family: Threskiornithidae
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White-faced Ibis - very rare in Alberta

White-faced Ibis - very rare in Alberta
These are such spectacular birds, with their beautiful, colourful, iridescent plumage. I always think they look as if they have escaped from the Zoo. Usually when I see them, they are flying high or else down in the mud way off in the distance. Various friends had been lucky enough to get even closer shots than this one, but I was really happy to spot this lone Ibis on a small slough near Frank Lake. Full zoom meant that some of the habitat was included.

Two days ago, 12 July 2014, I spent a few hours in the late afternoon till mid-evening, driving just a few of the backroads SE of the city, in the Frank Lake area. I had been there the day before, too, and just couldn't resist a few more hours there. Some of the fields were aglow with vibrant yellow Canola crops, which I look forward to every year. The sun was shining, but it was such a hazy day, I believe from the large forest fires in the next province to our west (British Columbia).

My first stop was at Frank Lake, where I saw a few more Eared Grebes with their quite large "babies". The light was really bad, so it was impossible to get photos that showed colour and details. Saw Soras again - love these little guys, they are so cute. A few very distant White-faced Ibis were in the area, but I lucked out later, finding this lone Ibis at a slough. The Barn Swallows are vicious at the moment, dive-bombing anyone who approaches the blind! You not only hear them as they whoosh past your head, you also feel them! Hang on to your camera if you take photos from inside the blind, as they will continue to dive-bomb. It's too bad, as they really don't make it very pleasant for people. Also saw a couple of small birds that I'm not sure of the ID for, along the country backroads. Posted one of them yesterday and will upload a very poor photo of the other sometime soon.

"A dark wading bird with a long, down-curved bill, the White-faced Ibis is a western replacement for the Glossy Ibis. Similar in appearance and habits, the two species can be distinguished only by slight differences in coloring of the face and legs. From AllAboutBirds.

In the book, "Birds of Alberta" by Fisher & Acorn, it says that, in Alberta, White-faced Ibis are very rare from May to September. Length is 22-25" (56-64 cm), wingspan 3'1" (94 cm).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-faced_ibis

Cats 99, Minty Chewson have particularly liked this photo


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Minty Chewson
Minty Chewson
One of the Ibis's I have not seen
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
That is fantastic! A great find and capture!
3 years ago.