January 2009 - White-faced Ibis
 
White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi
White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi
Ibises are stunning long-legged wading birds with curved bills which are used to poke around in the mud for food such as invertebrates of frogs and fish. In North America there are three species including the White-faced Ibis which is found in wetlands and marches across most of the western and central United States. This one was photographed in central Nevada.

The white face is only apparent during the breeding season. Otherwise the bird looks black but is actually glossy with a stunning array of colours which seem to glow in the sunshine.
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