You can see the white outline around the bird's face in this photo taken in Anahuac NWR
A dark wading bird with a long, down-curved bill, the White-faced Ibis is a western replacement for the Glossy Ibis. Similar in appearance and habits, the two species can be distinguished only by slight differences in coloring of the face and legs.
Looks like a different species than yesterday but it's just a juvenile White Ibis which will turn completely white as an adult.
This one is practicing toss at crawfish.
Why did the White Ibis cross the road? To get to Shoveler's Pond in Anahuac NWR.
My first photo contest entry was a White Ibis submitted to the Texas Medical Center, St. Lukes Hospital annual photo contest in 1999. I won the category! Looking at it today, I see a bunch of flaws and would not publish it anywhere.
White Ibises gather in groups in shallow wetlands and estuaries in the southeastern United States. At each step, their bright red legs move through the water and their curved red bill probes the muddy surface below. As adults, these striking wading birds are all white save for their black wingtips, but watch out for young birds that are brown above and white below. White Ibises nest in colonies in trees and shrubs along the water's edge, changing locations nearly every year.
Male White Ibises are super protective. They guard the nest and their female to prevent other ibises from stealing sticks from the nest and from advances of other males during nest building and egg laying. It's not until night when the risks are lower that the female is left alone.
When baby White Ibises hatch their bills are straight. Their bills don't start to curve downward until they are 14 days old.
The mascot of the University of Miami in Florida is a White Ibis, affectionately called Sebastian the Ibis. Legend has it that they choose the White Ibis for their heroic ability to withstand hurricanes, which is the name of the university’s football team.
Female White Ibises are smaller than males, weighing nearly 10 ounces less on average with a smaller bill and shorter wings.