White-faced Ibis on the prairies

Christopher Martin Photography

White-faced Ibis in flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/8000th of a second at f/4.0 on ISO 800

After spending time with the Avocets on the northwest corner of Frank Lake, I turned my attention skyward and watched for the White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) who fly between the spots they like to fish and their nests in the tall reeds near the viewing cabin.  The feathers on both sides of their wings shimmer when caught by sunlight and they have the long, down-curved bills inherent to the Ibis family of birds.  I find them to be as beautiful as they are striking and unusual.

Iridescent Ibis - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/4000th of a second at f/5.6 on ISO 2500

I had only seen them from a distance previously as their nests are far from the shoreline that is accessible (I’ve heard of some people stalking through the reeds…

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