Wings of Youthful Beauty
by DB Hayes
Wings of Youthful Beauty
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1 = USA Photographers ONLY: 12/11/2018
2 = Images That Excite You: 12/11/2018
3 = Wild Birds of the World - A Nature Photography Group: 12/11/2018
4 = FAA Portraits - Birds: 12/11/2018
I, Bill, captured these beautiful Juvenile American White Ibises while Deb & I were visiting on Jekyll Island, Georgia on December 08, 2018. We came upon a large group of Ibis in a pond along the causeway connecting Jekyll Island to Highway 17 just after passing through the toll entrance booths onto Jekyll. Many of the Ibis were juvenile or immature or as I like to refer to them "kids" just playing around in the pond, bathing their wings and bodies or simply having a fun time.
I spotted this particularly beautiful one as it started doing its thing so I started photographing it with a Nikon D850 along with a Sigma 500MM F4 lens boosted with a Sigma 1.4 extender to further the reaching power. Now for a few interesting facts according to Wikipedia about this species.
The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) is a species of bird in the ibis family, Threskiornithidae. It is found from Virginia via the Gulf Coast of the United States south through most of the coastal New World tropics. This particular ibis is a medium-sized bird with an overall white plumage, bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight. Males are larger and have longer bills than females. The breeding range runs along the Gulf and Atlantic Coast, and the coasts of Mexico and Central America. Outside the breeding period, the range extends further inland in North America and also includes the Caribbean. It is also found along the northwestern South American coastline in Colombia and Venezuela. Populations in central Venezuela overlap and interbreed with the scarlet ibis. The two have been classified by some authorities as a single species.
The newly hatched American white ibis is covered with violet down feathers, deepening to dark brown or black on the head and wings. The chest is often bare and there can be a white tuft on the head. The irises are brown. The exposed skin is pinkish initially, apart from the tip of the bill which is dark gray, but turns gray within a few days of hatching. The bill is short and straight at birth and has an egg tooth which falls off between days five and nine, and develops three black rings from around day six, before turning gray by around six weeks of age. The gray to sandy gray brown juvenile plumage appears between weeks two and six, and face and bill become pink a few weeks later, while the legs remain gray. The irises have turned slate-gray by this stage. Once fledged, the juvenile American white ibis has largely brown plumage and only the rump, underwing and underparts are white. The legs become light orange. As it matures, white feathers begin appearing on the back and it undergoes a gradual molt to obtain the white adult plumage. This is mostly complete by the end of the second year, although some brown feathers persist on the head and neck until the end of the third year. Juvenile birds take around two years to reach adult size and weight.
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Bill and Deb Hayes
December 11th, 2018
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