Thursday, August 9, 2018

White-faced Ibis in Fountain Valley

I had the opportunity recently to do an hour of birding at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, in Orange County, California. A single adult White-faced Ibis was foraging on the lawn and allowed me within about 40 feet. When I kept that distance it kept feeding and walking along without concern. This is in contrast to their usually cautious distance flocks keep in flooded grain fields and marshes.

I love the dark maroon/cinnamon coloration and the iridescent greens and violets that appear in direct sun. Last month I discussed this species and presented a rather poor shot. Now I have some really great portraits to share.

White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis. Fountain Valley, California. July 12, 2018.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
1/800 f/8 @400mm +0.3 stop ISO 2000
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis

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