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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/640s, f/5.0, ISO 200, focal length 24.7mm (35mm equivalent 144mm); AUTO setting
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A lineup of white ibises at the edge of a pond in Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida, U.S.A. There were more of them, but this is all I got in one shot. (Info below)

FEATURED in Country Bumpkin, Oct. 23, 2012

Manatee County, Florida Website:
The white ibis is a long-necked wading bird common throughout Florida that is related to herons and storks. It is easy to spot a white ibis because of its long, curved pink bill and legs, entirely white body with black tipped outer primary feathers, and bare face which ranges in shades from red to pink. The eyes of adults are blue.
In the continental United States, the white ibis can be found from Virginia south along the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico. It is found on both coasts of Mexico, and ranges as far south as Columbia and Brazil. It may live as long as 16 years in the wild, and 20 years in captivity
White ibises walk at a rate of approximately 25 to 40 steps per minute. They fly with rapid wing beats at the rate of 3.3 flaps per second. Flying is alternated with gliding for 200 to 300 feet, sometimes as fast as 28 miles per hour.
White ibises feed primarily on crustaceans from both salt marsh and freshwater wetland habitats. They probe around soft bottom areas with their long bills in search of prawns, crayfish and fiddler crabs. It is also common to see small flocks of ibises in urban lawns and agricultural pastures, probing soft soil for grubs, worms, and other soil dwelling creatures.
The white ibis wades in the water, sweeping its head from side to side in search of food.
It uses its long, curved bill to probe in the mud for crabs and crayfish.
The white ibis will fly up to 15 miles in a day to search for food.
The white ibis nests and feeds in large groups called colonies.
Colonies can include thousands of birds.
The eggs of the white ibis hatch in about 21 days.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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Comments

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 2 years ago

    Can’t imagine seeing so many all at once! Well done, Dot!

  • Thank you, Monnie. It was quite a half hour, walking among these ibises and the wood storks. I enjoyed it immensely.

    – AuntDot

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithabout 2 years ago

    Great capture and info Dot !!

  • Thanks, Keith!

    – AuntDot

  • WeeZie
    WeeZieabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Great information.

  • Thank you, Carolyn!

    – AuntDot

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 2 years ago

    Nice capture my friend. They are everywhere around here. Hugs Tom

  • Thank you, Tom!

    – AuntDot

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 2 years ago

    Quite the group, great capture Dot.

  • Thanks, Rosie!

    – AuntDot

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you…much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 2 years ago


    21 10.12 @ 11am

    Wonderful shot what a great collection of them

  • Thanks so much, Karen!

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 2 years ago

    How funny they look. Lovely shot – it looks like a meeting !

  • Thanks, Morag. It was funny to watch them all walk together to one place.

    – AuntDot

  • ArtChances
    ArtChancesabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much!

    – AuntDot

  • labaker
    labakerabout 2 years ago

    nice shot, love your title :)

  • Thanks very much!

    – AuntDot

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