Monday, July 11, 2011

White-faced Ibis

July 7, 2:00 pm

I had not been birding for some time, but ONTBIRDS reports of this first-ever sighting in Ottawa got me out.  It was located on the Carp River floodplain, right in the village of Carp.

At first I could see nothing, but after 15 minutes, it suddenly flew up and circled the flood plain.  A couple of young birders from Cornwall were hiding close to the river;  they came back to the road and we talked about it.  Then Chris Plowright drove up with his friend.  The Ibis performed again with a short fly past.
After everyone else left, I carefully crept down closer to get a few photographs.  The Ibis seemed totally unconcerned.

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