Sunday, 16 May 2010

Glossy Ibis, Fassouri reed beds, Cyprus

May 9, 2010:
As it was now early May the reed-bed area at Fassouri was rapidly drying out and birds were feeding on the adjacent moist pasture rather than at the pool margins.

Two Glossy Ibises were accompanied there by three Squacco Herons and four Cattle Egrets. The Ibises were possibly newly arrived and were hungrily searching for food without pause.

Whenever the strong light caught their plumage at a favourable angle the iridescent sheen of the feathers could be seen. Mostly the birds walked over the marsh but occasionally they would fly a short distance to a new feeding area.

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