Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Birds in a tree


I can't remember the name of these things, but they usually fly in flocks, or whatever you call a group of birds, and you'll find them in cow pastures and other strange places. Lois Anne called me outside yesterday and pointed to a point way up in one of our pine trees where she said four of the critters flew to take up temporary residence.

They stayed for awhile and then departed with a flapping of wings to a neighbor's front yard where they were joined by another dozen or so and the group meandered about the neighborhood picking at stuff in the grass. Then they left.

Why they chose to perch in our tree I do not know. Such a thing has never happened before.

35 comments:

Becky said...

I think it's an Ibis, but I'm no expert. If anyone knows differently, speak up! I'm curious, too.

Guess it was a bird post day, eh? :)

Jacob said...

Yes, Becky...you are right. It's an Ibis.

Lee Spangler said...

Excellent choice for a picture. The ibis' bill looks like it might make a good backscratcher.

Vogon Poet said...

You are so lucky: I would like to have some beautiful ibises around. The only birds here are pigeons and seagulls: I live in an area ornithologically deprived.

Per Stromsjo said...

Isn't that obvious? They're aiming for a career on City Daily Photo!

Olivier said...

magnifique cet oiseau, je ne connaissais pas.
splendid this bird, I did not know.

magiceye said...

wonderful capture!

maybe they wanted to be featured on CDP!

Kcalpesh said...

The whole picture appears like one design! The red beak certainly draws your attention first... right at the subject!! Nice compostion!

Hyde DP said...

I thought it was a pelican - nothing like it round hereways.

Leif Hagen said...

Beautiful bird, Jacob Meister! I think it's called a "Florida Robin!" Just trying to be helpful!

B SQUARED said...

We never had them around till about 5-6 years ago. Now they are everywhere;much like the iguanas. Perhaps nature has something in mind.

Antjas said...

Wow, what a wonderful creature to find in your backyard. I suppose they can leave a big droppings if they're anything like Canada Geese, so watch where you walk

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - Are you sure you're not a Minnesota loon?

Small City Scenes said...

It is always weird to see large birds in trees when you usually see them on the ground. But it is a cool shot and as the bird thought---newsworthy. MB

Dan J. said...

Now that picture is just plain fun. He sure is a goofy looking thing isn't he? It's the Florida version of the Heron. Who knew they'd be tree dwellers. He looks pretty large..... good thing you were not standing UNDER the tree.

Asta said...

Hi Jacob,

Wow. What an experience! These birds are big. Strange to see it in a tree though. Usually they're in low water looking for food.

Great picture!

Best regards
Asta

James said...

That is an amazing looking bird. I've never seen one before.
Great shot Jacob!

Halcyon said...

He's a beauty! We don't get fellows like this in my yard. :)

Daryl said...

I believe its a crane or ibis ... really nice shot!

Jarart said...

How fun to see that in your tree! We have some big white birds that hang out in pastures. They are called "Cattle Egret", not as large or as colorful as yours.

Frank said...

And he's huge. Looks like your yard was providing much needed food stuffs. Delicious grubs or something. What a cool looking bird.

Don and Krise said...

That's a bird I never have seen here in the northwest. Our big bird around here would be the Blue Heron. Lucky you.

Cezar and Léia said...

oh gosh...This bird is gorgeous!You and Lois Anne are so lucky to have found it there! Fabulous shot!
Greetings from Luxembourg
Léia

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Refreshingly odd fella! What was he looking for? For a fantastically quirky gal?

Buenos Aires Photo

Jacob said...

@ Buenos Aires - there were actually four of them in the tree, but I couldn't get a good shot of them all together. They were picking at the bark, so they must have found something they liked...but soon the joined another group on the ground and wandered through people's yards for a time and then flew away...

m_m said...

So exotic for me:) Great shot!

JM said...

Amazing catch! Ibis are just great but unfortunatelly we don't have them here... Maybe with the climate changes, who knows! Lol! Big green red-headed parrots are allready thriving in Oeiras, so... :-)

tapirgal said...

Is that exotic, or what? I get excited when I see a little red-tailed hawk or a duck around here. This thing would totally make my week. Thanks so much!

Babooshka said...

What a beauty. Not a local bird my way for sure.

nopham said...

Beautiful Ibis! Wonderful picture.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting bird, Jacob. I have no idea what it is as it doesn't fly over my neck of the woods. ;-)

Lois said...

I think he flew up there in that tree so he could pose for us Jacob! He's a beautiful bird. I see them around here but have never had one in my yard.

Nikki Beaumont said...

Wow! I like the crisp detail on this bird. So neat that you got to capture a photo of him in your very own yard. - I have been enjoying all of your colorful photos this morning. I love getting to see your beautiful town!

Curly said...

Really nice picture!

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