Sunday, June 21, 2009

White Ibises at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (near Hilton Head Island, SC)

Birding Hilton Head Island and Pinckney Island NWR…continued from Friday's Green Heron post.
This muddy little alcove offered fantastic views of the Ibises, and I was amazed at their beauty. I’m sure if you live in this area, these guys are a dime a dozen, but for a Midwestern Yankee, they were exotic and new! I was shocked at how blue their eyes were. The shutter on my camera was definitely getting a work out…











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27 comments:

Linda McGeary said...

Very cool pictures, I was still reading some of the back posts when you posted these.
You could write a bird guide book with all your posts and pictures.
You have totally inspired me.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous Kel... I wonder how they stay so white living out there in the 'muck'..... They are truly beautiful birds. I can 'feel' your excitement.

Do you know what birds are doing when they sprawl out on the deck on a hot summer day??? Looks like they enjoy warming their tummies.. I've seen several birds do it.. Do you know what I'm talking about???? I will email you a picture.

Have a great day tomorrow.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kelly said...

Linda...thank you! Maybe a guide to Pinckney Island! I think I need to go back to do more research! ;-)

Betsy...I just replied to your email you before I saw this comment.

Laure Ferlita said...

THey may be a dime a dozen, but they are beautiful birds and it's always a joy when they come around to visit. I especially love seeing the juveniles when they are maturing.

Gorgeous images, Kelly, as always!

Abe Lincoln said...

What a beautiful and dignified family these are. Beauties and the photograph is excellent too.

RuthieJ said...

Wow Kelly, those pictures are amazing! Good job!

Warren Baker said...

More stunning shots Kelly. well done. You managed to capture that Blue eye well.

Joe said...

Beautiful pics. The second one is just amazing. Very, very nice. JK

Richard said...

Great pictures. I've never seen one but maybe someday.

Montanagirl said...

What a blue-eyed beauty. Wonderful series.

JKoenig said...

Kelly, I just got caught up on your last three posts. Such beautiful photography, and your sketch--totally amazes me that you could do that in such a short time. I couldn't do it at all. I was at Hilton Head a few years ago but never had any idea there was such a wonderous place to go close by. Thanks for sharing.

Steve B said...

Nice Kelly! This is a treat for this died-in-the-wool yankee, ah-ya.

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful photographs of these stately and beautiful birds.

Elaine said...

Beautiful shots! Beautiful birds! While Ibises don't make their way so far north as Alaska, I have seen them before, and they are definitely an exotic bird. Nice series.

holdingmoments said...

Such beauties; and that second shot Kelly is a stunner.
What blue eyes he has.

Steve said...

Fantastic photos Kelly. They are such elegant birds, it's a shame they don't come our way very often.

Rene said...

Beautiful shots of a beautiful bird!

yen said...

you have out done yourself again, great stuff.

Heather said...

What beautiful birds. I don't know which is more stunning - those eyes, or the pink of their faces and legs! Fantastic. I'm sure you didn't want your time at the refuge to end!

Shellmo said...

such striking photos! Their eyes are mesmerizing!!

Tammie Lee said...

These beauties are exqotic and new to me as well. Love those eyes. You have captured them wonderfully!

Cathy B. said...

Thank you for this beautiful pictures! :-)

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Kelly.
Great photo's of the White Ibis's.Your right about their lovely blue eye.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Thanks for stopping by. Great Ibis shots. Blue Skies.

Jenny said...

I can't believe you got so close! Fabulous photos and a moment to treasure I would think!

Kelly said...

...thanks everyone....I miss this place so much. I think the photos will only get better for the next few days. I will be sad when they are all gone. I guess I'll just have to pack my bags and head back. Now if I only could convince Rick.... :-)

Mary said...

This place must be fantastic....I've just caught up on all the posts. How wonderful that you got to go there and your photos are beautiful.