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: 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)

While trolling the Bosque for wildflowers, I spotted a juvenile night heron standing motionless on a jetty jack. Unfortunately, its tail was obscured by a wad of flotsam. After getting the first two pictures in this series, I backed away and circled around for photographs from a different angle. By then it was gone. In September I caught it hunting in the same place, only this time I watched it fly up to a cottonwood branch a few feet away. 


I'm calling this 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.


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.