Glossy Traveler

My vacation in Florida is proving to be very productive when it comes to spotting a diversity of  interesting birds, such as the Glossy Ibis. I saw this bird in a peruvian swamp three years ago for the first time, now I was lucky to find some in Florida too. They were very skittish and shy. I couldn’t get close to them and they avoided me at all times.  I had to proceed and approached slowly and creating blind spots so they could not see me and that gave me the opportunity to get a few shots of them. Next is more information about these birds:

The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae.

This is the most widespread ibis species, breeding in scattered sites in warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Atlantic and Caribbean regions of the Americas. It is thought to have originated in the Old World and spread naturally from Africa to northern South America in the 19th century, from where it spread to North America. This species is migratory; most European birds winter in Africa, and in North America birds from north of the Carolinas winter farther south. Birds from other populations may disperse widely outside the breeding season. While generally declining in Europe, it has recently established a breeding colony in southern Spain, and there appears to be a growing trend for the Spanish birds to winter in Britain and Ireland, with at least 22 sightings in 2010. In 2014, a pair attempted to breed in Lincolnshire, the first such attempt in Britain.

Glossy ibises feed in very shallow water and nest in freshwater or brackish wetlands with tall dense stands of emergent vegetation such as reeds, papyrus or brushes and low trees or bushes. They show a preference for marshes at the margins of lakes and rivers but can also be found at lagoons, flood-plains, wet meadows, swamps, reservoirs, sewage ponds, paddies and irrigated farmland. It is less commonly found in coastal locations such as estuaries, deltas, salt marshes and coastal lagoons. Preferred roosting sites are normally in large trees which may be distant from the feeding areas.

The nests are usually a platform of twigs and vegetation positioned at least 3.3 ft. above water, sometimes up to 23 ft. in tall, dense stands of emergent vegetation, low trees or bushes.



Information © Wikipedia – Photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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6 thoughts on “Glossy Traveler

  1. I have found Glossy Ibis to be difficult to spot and photograph too. Some birds just like to hide! Thanks for drawing attention to this species and for the information. 🙂

    • It’s been my second time that I shot pictures of this species, the first was in Peru 3 years ago. It’s very shy, that for sure and he camouflages perfectly in any shadowy area. Thanks Lisa! 🙂

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