Thursday, April 28, 2011

Glossy Ibis with large worm--oops, apparently a hybrid with a large worm

Post note: after uploading these and sending a message to cobirds listserve, I took some time to enlarge the photos further. When I did it was clear that there is facial skin behind this ibis' eye. Per Birds of North America online, Glossy Ibis have "a distinctive edging of pale-blue skin above and below but not continuing around eye,". So this is clearly a hybrid bird.
This Glossy Ibis has a very large worm in it's bill--one of the yummy invertebrates that these birds forage for in these flooded fields. This is the only pic of ibis that I have edited (other than cropping) and I did so in order to make the worm more visible. SeEtta