Initiating Landing Procedure
This white ibis really puts on the brakes to prevent a hard landing in the marsh pond last week. It looks like that full wings out position in photo two is the one that significantly drops down the air speed to enable a vertical landing. Nice job by the ibis!
Wonderful as usual, but this time you have outdone yourself. an aerial ballet!
Ha! That’s too funny! My wife just said it looks like a ballet! 😀
Really love that last photo! The bill and legs/feet stand out so much. What a graceful Ibis, given that those long feet and legs!
They are certainly one of nature’s more humorous creatures with that impossible long curved orange bill and gangly legs to match. 🙂
Absolutely amazing shots catching the dynamics of the landing! Wow!
The wings and landing are ok enough but that bright orange long curved bill and legs to match are more then a little funny. 🙂
Wonderful sequence! Just like how the flaps on airplane wings come out and go down vertically to slow the plane when you’re landing.
Thanks! And that was what I was thinking too, about a plane landing. Flight engineers have likely been studying birds for years. 🙂
Beautiful! You can see where the choreographers got their ideas from!
I bet you are right about that! Makes sense to study from the best. 🙂
I love this sequence, Phil. The eyes show full concentration!
You make a good point, this bird does seem to be concentrating particularly hard. I believe it was a somewhat gusty day out there so that could certainly come into play.
Glad you liked these landing photos!
Beautiful sequince! Nice details.
Hey thanks, glad you liked them!
Suddenly I feel better about my legs! Thanks Phil!
And I feel better about my big nose! Thanks very much! 🙂
Wonderful Phil !
Thanks a bunch Sophie I’m really happy you enjoyed seeing the always amusing ibis!
I love the way you catch those wing feathers fully extended. I wonder if the young ones crash into the water a few times before they learn all the tricks?
I have never seen really young ones, we do often see the brown juveniles that seem to fly as well as the adults but I would expect there is a potentially dangerous learning curve to properly get the technique down which likely involves more then a few crashes. But hey, that’s what kids do. 🙂
Stunning action shots Phil.
Thanks very much Jan. It’s great when I get a bird who does all the work and I just have to snap a few pics. 🙂
Fantastic as usual Phil.
I appreciate that very much Edith, thank you!
Phenomenal sequence. Great job.
I appreciate your kind words about these ibis photos. They are always fun birds to watch and photograph.
These re such amazing captures, Phil. Quite breathtaking, in fact. 🙂
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