Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Light-weight fighter

If you had a thought about picking up that piece of bread, I think you would have a fight coming. Normally Ibis are a little on the shy side and won't let you within 20 feet of them. This guy, however spotted the bread and said "that is mine." ( You have to double click the photo to enlarge it to get the full effect.

This is at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, yesterday. I thought with the drizzle the birds would be a little less lively and sit still for a shot. But they were just as suspicious.

This is one of the pretties parks in the the New Orleans area, and is home to about a couple dozen kinds of birds roaming free.

--steve buser

11 comments:

Columbo said...

Looks like a great place to go. I'll try it when we are there. Good shot of 'light-weight fighter'

Snapper said...

Thank you Steve for another beautiful photograph.

Laurie said...

Steve, you put the Audabon Society to shame with these amazing bird images. ANother great one today.

PJ said...

Whenever you mention Lafreniere Park I'm reminded of that Joni Mitchell song, "Nathan La Franeer", which I love. I think the ibis bird is really unusual looking and this is a great reveal. Didn't you say that you were Commissioner of Parks and that's why you get to visit them so often?

photowannabe said...

Great highlights and shadows in this shot. I love the Ibis' red feathers. they are the perfect punctuation.

Marie said...

You really have a lot of wildlife in New Orleans! The round eyes of the ibis make it look a bit scared.

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

How lucky to get that close. Spectacular shot.

Tommy V said...

WOW great catch. The details of the bird are amazing.

Chris said...

A beautiful, beautiful photo, Steve!

How is your weather doing?

Lynette said...

I've always been fascinated by the name of this bird, Steve. I'm enjoying your photo very much.

Boise Diva said...

Wow, is his beak the same length as his legs?