The ibis is one of the many long-legged wading birds you will see around Siesta Key’s beaches, mangrove islets, and interior wetland areas. This eye-catching juvenile ibis sports orangey pink legs and bill whereas a mature adult is known by its deeper reddish pink coloring. Underneath its dazzling white plumage, the ibis hides jet-black wingtips, typically visible only in flight. In contrast with the heron who coolly stalks its prey with laser like precision, the ibis takes a more casual approach to foraging. Ibises are content to stroll through the wetlands, in chatty groups, with a certain nonchalance. A long, curved bill probes the mud to snatch hidden worms, crayfish, and crabs. The ibis is both a sociable and territorial creature. Community foraging, flying and nesting habits contradict the fierce, even violent, rivalry among males to protect their nest, their mate, and their honor.
Jan Baumgartner’s handmade note cards showcase Siesta Key scenic beauty and wildlife. Jan hopes you will enjoy these favorite mementos of The Key’s natural splendor through her camera’s lens.
Siesta Key notecards are available in two locations:
5239 Ocean Blvd
Shelly’s Gift and Christmas Boutique
4420 S. Tamiami Trail