Friday, September 07, 2007

Glossy Ibis

Dan Connelly, sanctuary manager of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary, reported three Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in the ponds on the property. He is unsure if a Glossy Ibis had been reported on the property in the distant past, so he is treating this morning's sighting as a "species" first for Silver Bluff.

The water level in the ponds can be manipulated. The image shows the pond as it was last month for the Storks & Corks event. The lower water level provides better feeding opportunities for Wood Storks (Mycteria americana). However, plenty of other wading birds (heron, egret, and ibis) take advantage of buffet provided by the wetland habitats of the ponds and nearby Savannah River.

Photo credit: Glossy Ibis by Don Wuori, Silver Bluff pond by Jeff Mollenhauer

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