Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Glossy (Not Black)

The nearly-dry drainage pond where I found all the birds this evening was a suprisingly diverse habitat. You've seen a pair of spoonbills, a pair of ducks and now you get a glossy ibis. This is only the second time I've shot one of these, and the first time hardly counts. In this case I got one individual as he paused during feeding, and another one as he came in for a landing on the other side of the lake. It takes a lot of light to illuminate these dark birds, most of the time they look black, but I got very lucky this evening and caught them with full illumination from just the right angle. You can see for yourself the color that is usually hidden in these birds.

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