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Glossy Ibis by Ryser915 Glossy Ibis by Ryser915
An odd and skittish wading bird of the east coast, the Glossy Ibis forages for aquatic prey in muddy creeks and marshes. This species is extremely difficult to properly photograph, as unless you catch one in nearly perfect light, they appear completely black, with little to none of their iridescent or 'glossy' feathers showing their true colors. I photographed this bird at a restricted-access Mass Audubon nesting colony, on a tiny island a mile offshore. I was fortunate enough to be doing a census on the island, counting the nests of several species of wading birds.

Kettle Island
Manchester, Massachusetts

May 19, 2012
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swashbuckler Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another super in flight shot!!! Cool species, too.
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AzureGryphon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great colors and lovely detail!
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libra-dreamer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Nice shot !
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88-Law Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot :)
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Daveinwilton Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice capture!
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Joker-laugh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant pic.
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
well caught, especially the colours.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Wonderful shot! :clap:
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What an awesome catch! Wonderful job catching the iridescent feathers in the light!
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these birds! Gorgeous iridescence. :)
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Namisao Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful =D
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Very cool! I've only seen this species in zoos before.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Excellent capture!!
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GTMac Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Cracking Shot. Well done!
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chalutplease Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Nicely done Ryan. I've had them come to our backyard pond but have yet to catch the irridescence in a shot.
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning !!
Cindy
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture! :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent catch!
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May 19, 2012, 8:18:37 PM
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