As we were walking around the lake there was this White Ibis on the edge of the water about 12 feet from me. He looked up to see what I was doing but continued to look for his food poking his long beak in the mud.
The way he was faced the sun side lit him and it made for some beautiful lighting. He was a beautiful bird, but his beak was so dirty from digging down in the mud. Maybe if he had known he was getting his picture taken he would have groomed himself.
I was able to get quite a few pictures of him before he flew up in the tree with the Little Blue Heron. I shot all these pictures with the Canon 400mm 5.6L lens.
We continued on our path around the lake and we ran across another White Ibis who had just caught a crawdad. One thing we learned is they only eat the tails there were 3 other ones on the trail he had already discarded. I guess the left overs get eaten by the scavenger birds.
Morning light changes so quickly but it can be quite beautiful if the birds you are shooting are being side lit by the sun.