White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) at Nags Head, Dare Co., NC

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

North Carolina's first White-faced Ibis was found July 1, 2002, in a roadside ditch in urban Nags Head. It was still present in the 9500 block of Old Oregon Inlet Rd. on July 9, when I took these photos.

Things to note to separate this bird from a Glossy Ibis include the raspberry red iris, dull reddish/pink facial skin, bold white feathered mask, and bright reddish/pink legs.

The top photo is digiscoped, taken with the Nikon CoolPix 995 digital camera hand held to a Kowa TSN-824 scope, about 60x.

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

The bird was not very skittish and didn't fly away when we pulled to the road shoulder beside it in the car. This photo was taken with the Nikon CoolPix's 4x zoom.

White-faced Ibises have also shown up recently in New York, where this western species has been found more often.

All photographs and text ©2013 by Will Cook unless otherwise noted.