Sky blue eyes are the most striking feature of one of Florida's most common wading birds, the White Ibis. Their beautiful blues boldly contrast with their pinkish faces and stark white feathers.
Ironically, as a juvenile, a White Ibis is far from white. Juvenile White Ibis are mostly brown, and throughout its first year, the Ibis molts from brown to white.
In breeding plumage, the White Ibis's pale pink bill and legs become strikingly red.
Like many other waders, Ibises are strongly associated with wetland and marsh habitats, however, they are also common residents of many urban areas. There is a constant flow of Ibises that pass through the yards on my street each day. As they go, they probe through the lawns and retrieve bugs that are burrowed below the grass.
As part of its diverse diet, Ibises also enjoy delectables found above ground, such as frogs and lizards.
Ibises aren't afraid to get their white and tidy feathers dirty! Mud is a great surface to probe through as well.
Ibises use their elongated bills like a giant pair a tweezers to extract snails, crabs, and other slow moving creatures from the water. Usually with a quick head flip, an Ibis will toss its secured morsel into the air and down the gullet it goes!
If the Ibis has captured a meal that is too large to swallow whole, such as this crab, it will use the same sharp head movements to dismember the prey.
The bite sized pieces of crab...
...are good to the last bite!