Glossy Ibis and Their Iridescence Feathers

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I felt lucky two mornings ago at the 10,000 Islands NWR’s Marsh Trail, arriving to find three Glossy Ibis, separated and very busy foraging the wetlands.

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Glossy Ibis

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Continually moving and working the waters, it didn’t take very long before one of the Glossy Ibis came in closer for some great photos.  Walking up on a tiny ‘island’ to take a break, the Glossy Ibis proceeded to shake off excess water and fluff up for some preening.  And the iridescent colors shined!

I narrowed the preening photo shoot to sharing these five photos, and that was hard.  😏

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Are you ready to see my iridescent feathers?

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Glossy Ibis

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Glossy Ibis

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Glossy Ibis

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Glossy Ibis

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More of that morning’s Glossy Ibis to come….  πŸ™‚

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44 thoughts on “Glossy Ibis and Their Iridescence Feathers

  1. What a beautiful bird. You were in the right place at the right time, with the right amount of patience and skill!

    • Thank you, Indira! The mangroves are pretty cool, I like them a lot too. I’d love to take a boat tour that rides through the 10,000 Islands (mangrove islands) that line the southwest coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. I may if I can find one that is using social distancing and masks. Oh, to think of the birds out there! πŸ˜‰

  2. You continually demonstrate how patience pays off and especially with bird photography. This ibis is a beauty and iridescent is the perfect word to describe the colors you have captured so wonderfully.

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