Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Glossy Ibis: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The most widespread ibis species in the world, breeding in scattered warm regions in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Atlantic and Caribbean. It is also migratory to Africa and North America, Southern Spain, Britain, and Ireland. Its diet consists of insects, beetles, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, caddisflies, Annelida, leeches, molluscs, fish, lizards, snakes, and even nestling birds.

It was a joy to have seen this bird just forty minutes away from where we live and I thought it was even possible for us to find it unless we travel to Cambodia. Birding in Cambodia is expensive, almost every thing needs to be paid and everything thing is in dollars.

it was getting late in the afternoon and also drizzling as we drove to the location which we also have been some years ago, not for birding, but just passing by. When we got there, the area was on the lake side, it was vast and a perfect habitat for such birds. We decided to get off the pavement and started driving off-road, stopping once in a while to scan the horizon for all kinds of birds. We found a lot new birds and then the Glossy Ibises showed silhouetted rice paddies with Open-billed Storks and herons. It was a happy day.

Thaluang Lopburi, Thailand
March 24, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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