Wednesday, September 21

Seen on Campus

Somehow among the streams of people walking around campus, a few animals make their home here at FIU.  One of the more notable birds on campus I have taken photographs for you to see are called ibis.

Ibis are found around the world, but love to be near water, especially marshes, swamps, and wetlands.  They prefer to move about in the trees, though we often see them on the ground. On campus we can usually find them around one of the ponds.

Ibis use their long beak to dig in the mud for their favorite food-  fish.  The also eat frogs, crabs, insects and some plants. The like to poke their beaks in the grassy areas on campus if there are not too many students nearby.

Not usually over 25 inches high, their pinkish beak and legs make a noticeable contrast with their snowy white feathers. They do have a few predators such as snakes, foxes, and hawks.  Their wing span can be 47 inches across. I enjoy watching them fly.

They live between 8-15 years.  A group of Ibis can be called a 'congregation' or a 'wedge'.

Just in case you thought I wasn't really on campus when I took these pictures, here is proof that this congregation of Ibis really do have FIU spirit!

...God created 
great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, 
with which the waters abounded, according to their kind,
 and every winged bird according to its kind. 
And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:21


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, graceful birds! I have never seen one in person, so I appreciate your pictures and the interesting information.


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