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White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
The White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) is fairly common in the western two-thirds of the United States southward to South America. There have been a number of papers written in recent years about separating the species from the similar Glossy Ibis (P. falcinellus) since in all but high breeding plumage they can be difficult to tell apart. The reader is referred to many such published accounts if interested. The non-breeding plumaged White-faced Ibises shown in the top three images were photographed at Bear River N.W.R., Box Elder Co., Utah, in August, 1999, with a Canon EOS 1N and EF 300mm F/2.8 L lens and 2X extender on Fuji Sensia. Scroll down for other shots.
The White-faced Ibis in the next five shots is apparently a bird hatched the previous summer. The small red border to the facial skin is indicative of White-faced and not Glossy Ibis. This White-faced Ibis was at Brazoria N.W.R., Brazoria Co., Texas, in March, 2007. These images were shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next three shots show a breeding-plumaged White-faced Ibis at Bear River N.W.R., Box Elder Co., Utah, in June, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.
The White-faced Ibis in flight shown here was at Bowdoin N.W.R., Phillips Co., Montana, in June, 2007. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The flock of White-faced Ibis shown here was flying over Anahuac N.W.R., Chambers Co., Texas, in June, 2008.
The basic plumaged White-faced Ibis shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The White-faced Ibis in the next two shots was in winter plumage. These two shots were taken at Laredo, Webb Co., Texas, in February, 2011.
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
10 December 2013
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
immature
near Lamesa,
Dawson Co., Texas
15 August 2015
Lat 32.84, Lon -102.0405
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
immature
near Lamesa,
Dawson Co., Texas
15 August 2015
Lat 32.84, Lon -102.0405
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
Port Aransas,
Nueces Co., Texas
21 December 2015
Lat 27.827768, Lon -97.079477
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
close up of head
immature winter plumage
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
14 January 2017
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
close up of head
immature winter plumage
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
14 January 2017
White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
6 April 2017