A couple weeks ago, Donnette and I visited Lake Martin hoping for birding-ops and photo-ops. Once there, we drove slowly on Rookery Road, a road on the levee bordering the lake, first searching for wildlife among the cypress trees in the lake. We were having no success, but then Donnette noticed a White Ibis in the large brush-filled ditch on the opposite side of the levee.
As I slowly drove across the road to the side of the ditch, the ibis noticed our car and skedaddled along the ditch bottom in the direction from which we came.
At this point, all I could do was quickly aim my camera toward the rear window on the passenger side of the car and get off as many shots as I could in case the ibis decided to move past my field of view. Instead, it stopped to forage in the water, but seemed intent on staying behind plants and tree branches, generally spoiling my chance for clear shots of the bird. I did get one unobstructed photo, albeit a “rear view” shot of the ibis. At least you can see a black tip of one of his wing feathers in this photo.
Unfortunately, all other photos contained vegetation eclipsing part of the bird.
I was able to get two shots of the ibis dragging its bill to the left and right in the water in the manner characteristic of several species of shorebirds.
After spending the rest of the day seeing only flocks of birds over the distant horizon, I felt pleased to get at least these photos of the uncooperative White Ibis.