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


throughout the refuge.

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


or the gaudy plumage when in breeding colors


is more distinctive.

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


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.


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