Chincoteague/Assateague December 2011 (Part 4)

December 18, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Late afternoon on Saturday:  the sun was low and creating beautiful back-lighting.  There were a lot of Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron fishing in the channels and I was excited to find a large flock of White Ibis in the marsh.  Most were immature with only a few adults among them.  Unlike Little Blue Herons, White Ibis are brown as young birds, then they molt into their white plumage.  They are quite the sight in the meantime with their brown feathers mottled with white! The Ibis were back-lit with the setting sun and very striking regardless of their plumage!  Here are a few of Saturday’s photos.  There’s only one more installment on my trip which I will post in early January as I have tons of photos to wade through yet!  It’s all about the wild ponies so don’t miss it!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Great Egrets Great Blue Heron Great Egret 10 Great Egret 11 Immature White Ibis 1 Immature White Ibis 2 Immature White Ibis 3 Immature White Ibis 4
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