Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Glossy Ibis

We stopped at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge on our way to Savannah. We were disappointed by the lack of bird diversity—we saw many more birds during a previous visit. We did enjoy watching this Glossy Ibis feed. On land, these ibis locate prey by sight. In the water, they feel for their prey with their bills.
They search for small invertebrates, like beetles, dragonfly larvae, caddis flies, worms and leeches, and small mollusks. On land, they will also consume various grains (Davis and Kricher 2000), As you can see in the final photo, Glossy Ibis are really quite adept at finding and handling their prey.

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