Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Splish,splash-Ibis taking a bath

I found these White-faced Ibis, part of a flock of more than a hundred,in an agricultural field on the edge of the little town of Florence,CO where they still use flood irrigation which results in wetland/wet meadow like habitat that provides good a stop-over location during migration. It also provides the opportunity for a refreshing bath for these vigorous bathers, though apparently not as deep as the bird in the bottom pic (that almost laying down in the water) would prefer. Yes, those are water drops flying through the air due to the vigorous beating of wings and shaking of feathers. There was one Glossy Ibis in this flock, that would have made a beautiful pic with it's pretty blue lines framing it's face-but wouldn't you know I couldn't get it's photo. SeEtta