The Ibis is a community bird staying together to probe shallow water, mud or grass with their long curved beaks. They live, travel and breed in flocks. In flight they form diagonal lines for a “V” formation. This configuration decreases wind resistance for the trailing birds. As the “leader” tires, it falls to the rear of the formation and an alternate take the lead. This is an effective way to cover a great distance. You won’t hear much from this breed, only an occasional grunt to warn the colony or a croaking on the breeding grounds. As an indicator of how ancient this species are, there are fossil records going back 60 million years!

All wildlife portrayed in my articles are of those species that call Whiskey Creek “home”.

Article by Mark Franzer