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Old Jul 14, 2011, 2:54 PM   #1
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Default .....what are they?

I saw these this morning while trekking thru the park, they were very far away and this maxed-out crop shows silhouettes I recognize but can't recall the name of. I am tired of googlin cranes, so who knows this bird species.

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BoBB: the curved bill looks more like a bill from one of the Ibis species. The straight neck while flying eliminates most herons and egrets. The wood stork has a slightly curved bill, but not as curvy as those in your photo, so I would say that it is not a wood stork. I would lean to either a White-faced Ibis or a White Ibis. We can't tell from your photo, but could you tell what colors were the feathers on the birds?
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Well, I'm no birder, but I was at the zoo last week , and they look like the ibis' I saw, which I didn't think were in this part of the world. However, a little bit of poking shows that it might be a white-faced ibis. Just a guess though.

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Thanks, IBIS is what I was trying for, just could not recall. When I saw them they were quite far and by naked eye with them being silhouetted plus the distance it was impossible to know what they were..... they fly fast. My first thought was perhaps sandhill crane until the photo showed the long curved beak.

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Yup, those are Ibis;

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How about a closer look at one?
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