The Glossy Ibis is about 20 inches tall with a wingspan of about three feet. It has a long, dark gray bill that is curved downward. It is thought to have originated in Africa and spread to the Caribbean in the 19th century. It uses its long bill to find insects and crayfish deep in the mud. I found this ibis on a hike along the shoreline of Pine Key, near Key West, Florida.
South Florida is a perfect location for wildlife photography. Watch out for the alligators and the crocodiles. Five issues of Photograph America cover almost all of the Florida Coastline.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.