Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Cibola NWR, in alflafa, La Paz County
This Glossy Ibis was
discovered and photographed by Chris McCreedy on 20 April 2013.
Casual to rare, but apparently increasing visitor to
Arizona. Likely more regular than the few records
suggest due to difficulty in picking them out of the
more widespread and abundant White-faced Ibis flocks and
the difficulty of separating them from hybrids.
"Stood out from surrounding White-faced Ibis
immediately by blue edging to facial skin and dark iris,
legs not reddish, iris not reddish. Digiscoped with an
iphone at around 50 m. Photo shows dark iris and blue
skin fairly well, I've seen other reports in which
observers noted that the camera did not pick up the
bright blue that was seen in the field, I sort of felt
this as well, it was really obvious. No skin behind
eye/no sign of hybridization; pic shows a glimmer behind
eye but again I didn't really see this in the field."
20 April 2013, photo by chris MccreedyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 31 July 2013