Yesterday we headed to Antelope Island, which appears to be sponsored by Chevron. Hmm.
(photo by Jon)
Antelope Island is very dry. It looks completely different from the last time we visited. There hasn’t been a real rain in Utah since May.
To reach the island, you drive down a long causeway. That’s where the real action is. I have never seen so many ibis.
Last May was the first time I got a good look at an ibis. And yesterday I had my fill! The white portion on the ibis’ face is very very small. Do you see the white along his brow line?
Here is a view of their red eyes.
Here is a view of their giant feet. This guy was itchy.
Before this I had seen plenty of ibis, but they wouldn’t let you get too close. So I have a lot of pictures of ibis flying away from me.
When they leave because you disturbed them, they make a very low grunt. The picture below is not the best picture of the ibis, but it’s a beautiful picture of his poop! It’s artistic.
I was able to get much closer yesterday because the ibis are brave in large numbers. No one flew away from me. Ibis eat by moving their beak in shallow waters to glean out invertebrates.
Avocets have curved beaks for the same purpose, but theirs curve upwards.
Lastly, I’m not sure if this is a juvenile ibis. I can’t find any support for an ibis having those white spots on the neck, but everything else about him screams ibis. If anyone knows what this is, please leave a comment.