What initially caught my attention about this ibis in the salt marsh Wednesday evening was it’s especially bright reddish/orange face and legs. The adult white ibis will get a red face and legs but not normally this red. I was watching it cruise around picking up small crabs and knocking them back like popcorn when it suddenly stepped off the mud, into the water and practically exploded! Actually they will do a feather fluff up on occasion as part of their preening ritual, but this ibis really got a bit extreme!
Whowhh, das sind grandiose Fotos!!! Top !
LG Mathilda ♥
Looks like a bad hair day to me. 😉
They can be hysterical when they fluff up like that but very quickly go back to looking relatively normal. 🙂
When I saw the title in my email I was afraid it would be like Mr. Creosote.
Maybe the water just gave the Ibis a chill. 🙂 Watching nature is never dull and always full of surprises like the extreme red here.
Nice study of this red-faced chap, Phil.
Sometimes when they suddenly jump, flap their wings and even fluff up I think they could have just stepped on a crab.
This ibis had the brightest red face I have ever seen on one of these birds!
What beauty. The white and red colors against the blue water is wonderful. Strange that they are getting the red breeding colors now. Your photos of this gorgeous bird blow me away!
I don’t know if this is breeding or just an extreme variation of a very bright red face, I have never seen one this red before.
Glad you like these pics Molly!
These are great pics Phil! The eye looks twice as blue as usual too! A most vibrant ibis!
I saw this guy from a distance he really stood out. Very unusual to have this bright of a face Sue.
Talk about getting your feathers ruffled………great photos
I’m happy you enjoyed these, thanks!
I think these are some of my favourite photos from you Phil. I’d love you to come over to the Bird Photography community on Google + (I’m a Moderator) and post some of these. Gorgeous. I wonder if the coloration is affected by food source as it is in flamingoes.
I’m very pleased you enjoyed these photos Andrew, thanks very much. I will have to check out that Google+ group.
I know a lot of shrimp can make the spoonies a brighter pink and the ibis do eat some shrimp, but I really think this one was an extreme variation. That red face jumped out from a distance.
Wow that is bright and fluffy ibis! I see that I may unleashed a monster with those whole font thing:)
Firs time I ever saw one with a face and legs that bright red/orange. I figured you would notice that color option. 🙂
If I start doing multi colors within single posts set me up with an intervention. This could get ugly quick. 😀
Simply great. 🙂
Thanks much I appreciate it!
Gorgeous! If the reds are that bright, are they mating season colours?
The colours are out of this world. Bad hair day made me giggle… 🙂
That red face was really wild and unusual to be that bright. They are funny when they puff up!
Beautiful shots of this Ibis Phil.
Thanks Jan I’m very glad you liked these ibis photos.
Something certainly ruffled his feathers, Phil. He really is rather red in places. Maybe it’s his breeding finery. 😕
He did get nicely poofed didn’t he Sylvia?! 😆 I don’t know if it’s breeding, seems a bit late for that, this guy could just be an odd standout.
Didn’t he know, that everybody must wash his hands and Face before eating? 😛
Nice photos, Phil, very nice and very colourful! ▲
We don’t call then “muddy ibis” for nothing. 😀
Thanks I’m glad you enjoyed these ibis photos!
a red face and legs … but he is pretty!
He really did stand out and from a distance too! Unusual to be that bright but cool to see. Thanks Amy!
Beautiful photos, Phil. What an interesting sight!!
This guy was quite the sight indeed! Thanks Deb!
Love the vermillion color. And the fluffing… I bet it was all the little crabs….
Yeah some of those crabs might still be crawling around in there if he didn’t crunch ’em all the way. 😯
Wow, I like the bold, vibrant red color!
I had someone tell me later they saw this amazing red faced bird, they didn’t know I saw it too, but it really did stand out!
overdid it on the lipstick
Maybe it was a self tanner product that was past it’s expiration date and the dye color shifted a bit? 🙂
Loving the vivid red against the stark white contrast of the feathers…. Very cool shots.
I’m happy you enjoyed these thanks!