Huge flock of sacred ibises circled overhead.
Foraging near shore by an oil pad
Trip to Shackleford Banks
Medium sized bird,solid white, with orange, down curved bill and long legs.
Mid size bird, same size as an American White Ibis feeding nearby, dark green or black on back near tail, light brown or red shoulders, neck and head, dark, brownish bill.
The family Threskiornithidae includes 34 species of large wading birds. The family has been traditionally classified into two subfamilies, the ibises and the spoonbills; however recent genetic studies are casting doubt on the arrangement, and revealing the spoonbills to be nested within the old world ibises, and the new world ibises as an early offshoot.