Invasion of the Ibises

At first there were only a few, two adults and one juvenile.

At first there were only a few, two adults and one juvenile.

We’ve been in Florida, and while there we had a tropical downpour during which we received almost a foot of rain in just a few hours.  This caused some flooding behind the house making a pond that attracted some wading birds.  At first there were just three White Ibises, parents and child perhaps?  The word spread and more kept coming, small flocks coming by over the day.  They seemed to be eating beetles and anoles with maybe a frog or toad or two.

More and more flew in for the feast.

More and more flew in for the feast.

By the end of the day we had over 100 Ibises, one Great Blue Heron and a Cattle Egret.

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A flurry of panic from a passing Cooper's Hawk

A flurry of panic from a passing Cooper’s Hawk

A Cooper’s Hawk flew over, spooked everybody and they all flew off with a stunning rush of wings.

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Van Gsottschneider said,

    Love it! thought you were writing about New Eng at first and so amazed! Great pictures. If ever on NH coast contact me, from bird camp last June. Thanks Van Gsottschneider

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  2. 3

    Marjorie said,

    What a delightful sight to see in your own back yard! Serendipity!

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  3. 4

    Denise said,

    Wonderful sight! Back yard birding can be spectacular.

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  4. 5

    Jessica said,

    Beautiful photos. Everything looks so lush and glowing. What a wonderful view. The ibises’ bills almost glow in that first photo.

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