A few New Mexico birds: Pelecaniformes


Images are organized alphabetically by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Ardeidae: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

To see my YouTube video of one of these herons, click here.


Ardeidae: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

The three views I provide will let you see exactly where the tan feathers are during breeding season.


Ardeidae: Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

My May 2021 photos of an adult green heron were taken in cloudy weather, from a distance, so are grainy, but they do a good job of showing the colors of the plumage.


My August 2022 photos of a juvenile green heron aren't great either, in part because I was shooting into the sun (and again, from a distance). However, one of them clearly shows the juvenile's raised crest.


Ardeidae: Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Characteristics of the Snowy Egret include the yellow lores (space between the beak and eyes), the mostly black bill, the plumes at the tail and back of the upper neck, and mostly black legs ending in yellow feet. Also, it moves around as it hunts for fish, as opposed to staying frozen in place.


In my pictures of snowy egrets in a tree, you can see the yellow feet. It looked awkward to perch with such long legs, but they managed it without any problems.


Ardeide: Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

In July 2020,while trolling the Bosque for wildflowers, I spotted a juvenile night heron standing motionless on a jetty jack. In September I caught it hunting in the same place, and watched it fly up to a cottonwood branch.  I called this immature bird a black-crowned night heron because of the large white markings on the wings, the broad streaks on the breast, and the yellow on the bill.


Almost two years later, I finally got a good photo of an adult. You can see the long white plumes that sweep back from its head.


Threskiornithidae: White-Faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

Not great pictures, I know, but it took me two years of local bird-watching to see my first white-faced ibis, let alone get a photo of one. To me they look like something that escaped from a zoo, not something that should be in the Albuquerque area naturally. As it is, they only migrate through. If you see some, be advised (as I was) that the plural of ibis is ibis.