Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Juvenile White Ibis at Lake Seminole Park

The White Ibis does not start out white, it takes a while to become white, through several molts.
I think this is probably a 2nd year White Ibis.
The reference books indicate they do not begin to get white feathers on their backs until December of the first year. These photographs were taken October 2008.
We will be at sea all day today.
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9 comments:

Darla said...

Who knew?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Good Morning Leedra, It's 12 degrees here and snowing this morning. See what you are missing!!!! Don't know when we'll get to the grocery store today!!!!!

I didn't have any idea that the Ibis changes colors... Thanks for the info!

Hope you aren't getting seasick today!!!! Don't fall over-board!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Bird Girl said...

I've only seen these from the air ;-)
Looks as if it has a BLUE eye? Really neat pictures!

Jan said...

Wonderful post. I know you're having a great time.

Rose said...

Close to noon here and only 19 degrees.

Wonderful shots...I don't think I have seen an ibis even at the zoo.

George said...

I love the pictures of the ibis.
Since everyone is giving a weather report -- it's mid-afternoon on the Plateau and 18°

Dorothy said...

I hope you are somewhere warm and tropical today. Wherever you are, I know you are making lots of pictures.....maybe another White Ibis ☺

Mary said...

Beautiful ibis! So delicate looking.

Pam said...

Great pictures...I learned something new. I did not know that about the White Ibis. I am going to have to visit more often.

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