While visiting South Farm recently, I witnessed what was for me an unusual situation. Before that day, every White Ibis I remember seeing in my short bird photography career was either in flight or on the ground, usually foraging in shallow water. For example, this photograph was taken near the parking lot as we were walking to the ATV road leading into South Farm.
After hiking the ATV road for a little over half a mile, I encountered a scene new to me—a White Ibis perched high in a tree. (I suspect White Ibises nest in trees, but I’ve never seen that.) This ibis was sharing the top branches of a tall dead tree with female and juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds.
The ibis was perhaps 50 ft above the ground and farther away than I would have preferred for my 100-400mm lens. On the other hand, it was apparently in no hurry to leave, so I was able to get many shots of it.
It was mostly just sitting there looking around, but every once in a while, it would do a little light preening
and occasionally some more serious preening.
I really wanted to get a shot of this bird flying away from its perch, but after waiting a long time, I became less and less inattentive. At one point I turned around to look at another bird on the opposite side of the road, and when I turned back to look at the ibis, it was gone. Patience, patience, I must learn patience!
The locations from which these photos were taken are shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.