White-faced Ibis at Bear River

Anywhere where I’ve found Avocets I’ve also found White-faced Ibis, and Bear River was certainly no exception on this trip. In fact, I think we saw more White-faced Ibis than we did Avocets. There were flocks of ibis flying overhead

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throughout the refuge.

I still haven’t decided whether the distinctive silhouette with the curved beak

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or the gaudy plumage when in breeding colors

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is more distinctive.

I do know it’s hard to not take a shot of every ibis you see

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because you’re never sure what the plumage will look like in a particular shot because the iridescent colors look entirely different in different light.

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Sometimes you get lucky and the sun is at just the right angle and you get these kind of brilliant colors.

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