Saturday, June 21, 2008

White Ibis

I was out looking at an industrial site in New Orleans East. It has been raining so the ditches were still pretty full. This White Ibis let me drive up slowly in my car and shoot his picture out the window. He is still a growing boy, but he will get a couple feet high with a wing span of about a yard. There were three of them in the group, groping in the water for tasty things.

Something you might not have known, if you didn't look up Ibises in Wikipedia: "The Ibis was renowned in antiquity for self-administering an enema to clear blockage by inserting its beak into its cloaca and injecting a spray of water."

Told you that you wouldn't have known.

--steve buser


Wanda said...

Well my goodness that's a lot of information and a pretty smart bird taking care of it's one medical needs ~~~ :)

photowannabe said...

Oh my, I guess that's more information than I need to know....but actually its rather fascinating in a weird way.

Knoxville Girl said...

Well, I learn something new every day on CDPB, whether I want to or not. Maybe I can work this into party chit chat...
This is a great photo - I'm amazed he held still long enough for a clear shot.