Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, juvenile, at Wellfleet Bay MA Audubon, Cape Cod.
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You Never Know!
Some days, there's just not much happening, and a day out shooting images of birds turns in a 3 hour walk in the marsh. In fact, I basically gave up. There were supposed to be some Great Blu Herons, including some juveniles. I have seen them, but never got a good shot. So, that's what the day was about. Sorta...
Frankly, it was a bust. I'd seen a few of the shorebirds in the area, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Piping Plovers, Sanderlings, Greater Yellowlegs, a half dozen Gull species... but none of the bigger birds I wanted. No Green Heron, no Snowy Egrets, and no.... no Great Blue Herons. I'd been here for about 3 hours and really, it was getting to be mid morning (most of the fun activity like feeding is over soon anyway!) So, I was heading back towards the car.
Just as I hit towards the top of the trail head, another group of three came towards me. As usual, when in this woody marsh, we stop and chat. The usual "Hello's" and "Seen Anything?" were exchanged. They too had been disappointed today. they were getting reading to ehad towards where I came from and I was getting ready to hit the head trail and mosey on back to the car.
Just then, 4 juvenile Glossy Ibis landed. Their very distinct glossy Black feathery sheen making it very clear where they got their names from! For the next half hour or so, we were treated to some very nice displays, feeding, general preening and chatter.
It wasn't great, in terms of shooting. The birds were just a touch too far, for the glass I had. Still, a moment or two later, and I would be on my way, through the woods back to the car. I thought the day was a bust... it turns out, you never know!
juvenile Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, at Wellfleet Bay MA Audubon, Cape Cod.
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