Even though this bird is technically a white ibis, we don’t call them ‘muddy’ ibis for no reason.
These wading birds often feed by sticking their long curved bill down into the marsh mud in search of little crabs and eels.
They have almost perpetually muddy faces and feet and this guy seen flying across the salt marsh yesterday is no exception.
Perfect form in flight….Everything is in line. Look at those perfectly pointed feet!!
The feet are nicely placed, but they sure are filthy! 🙂 Typical Ibis.
Let’s hope getting that grubby was worth it and he got a good meal!
They spend an awful lot of time digging around through the mud and often end up with a nice crunchy crab. 🙂
Wonderful shot, Phil, though I have to say that the bird has a face that only a Mudder could love.
You got that right Mike and I’ll have to steal, uh I mean remember that one! 🙂
He could use a good scrub.
You could put him through the car wash.
Thanks a lot glad you like it!