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Scarlet Ibis

There is a bird sanctuary- actually a large swamp - near Port of Spain, Trinidad, where thousands of Scarlet Ibis, White Ibis, and various Herons and Egrets nest in the trees each night. At sunset, hundreds of them come flocking in to the trees. Probably the most amazing sight I've ever seen in nature. Any way, this photo, was taken from a great distance, in a rocking boat, over the shoulder of 2 other people - so not the best quality, but it does show the intense color of the birds.

Comment by Wildflowernut on January 14, 2012 at 4:40pm

What an amazing experience!  I notice one of the ibis is greyish in color - is that a young bird, or what?

Comment by DebinSC on January 14, 2012 at 5:09pm

Yes, a juvenile.  We were so far away from them and it was really impossible to get good shots, so we snapped a few as best we could and then sat back and enjoyed the show.

Comment by Bebop on January 14, 2012 at 7:17pm

Gasp!  I would LOVE to have been there.

Comment by Frank Higgs on January 15, 2012 at 5:05am

I'm jealous !!

Comment by Paul Molyneux on January 15, 2012 at 7:40am

Sounds like a real thrill. Beats my experience in St. Augustine at the rookery.

Comment by DebinSC on January 15, 2012 at 8:45am

Thanks, all. At one point, the full moon rose above the pink clouds and flocks of the Ibis were coming in against that background.  Oh the missed photos! LOL.  It made a permanent impression in my memory, though.

Comment by Keith on January 15, 2012 at 2:01pm

They sure are eye-catchers, great shot, too, Deb.

Comment by GTO on January 16, 2012 at 2:23pm

wowie...awesome!

Comment by sjasis on January 17, 2012 at 3:55pm

Wow, such amazing color!  

Comment by LittleWing on January 19, 2012 at 9:18pm

I'm sure it was breathtaking!

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