Six Glossy Ibises were observed together forming one grouping.
I was out birding on Sunday late in the afternoon, and as I drove by a small pond toward the eastern side of the island, I saw five large blackish birds out of the corner of my eye. I immediately stopped and turned around to investigate, but two cyclists rode by at the same time, and the five birds took flight. As they soared over my head, I saw the distinctive sickle-shaped bill and knew they were ibises….but which one? I was just sad that I hadn’t had an opportunity to photograph them before they took flight.
But as I stopped the car, I saw that one bird remained! So there were six! I immediately identified it as a Glossy Ibis, a rare visitor to Bonaire. As I started photographing the bird, it remained relatively close.
But my luck held, and the five ibises which first flew away soon returned, and I was able to observe all six from just a few meters away. Having seen their reaction to the cyclists, I decided to stay in the vehicle and shoot from within, as the birds didn’t seem to mind the car, but did seem to mind people. I often use this same technique for flamingos as well, which appear skittish when people are too close for comfort.