White-faced or Glossy Ibis

I posted one of the below photos last night on Twitter for ID help and we had a great debate on if this is a White-faced or a Glossy Ibis. Please leave a comment below on which you think it is. I photographed this Ibis at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

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  1. Stephen Ingraham April 11, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    I already voted but having seen the whole set I am going with alternate plumage White-faced Ibis.

  2. Kerri April 11, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Steve – these are AMAZING captures! WOW!

  3. Maria Rosa April 11, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    I’m with Kerri that these are an AMAZING set of photos. Love the coloring and feather patterns. Beautiful bird so well captured.

  4. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Thank you! It was an amazing bird to watch.

  5. BirdGalAlcatraz April 11, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I still say White-faced Ibis. These are absolutely stunning shots, Steve!

  6. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Thank you!

  7. Julie G. April 11, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Absolutely superb images of a beautiful bird!

  8. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Thank you Julie!

  9. Terri Jacobson April 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Beautiful image Steve.

  10. Barbara April 11, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Hmmm – beautiful shots – in my book (The Sibley Guide to Birds) it says the White-faced has brighter red legs, bray bill and white border around reddish face and a red iris… the glossy has a brownish bill and pale lines on a dark face with a darker blue green gloss on the back feathers and a dark iris – so while the white lines aren’t apparent I agree that this is a white-faced ibis… and what amazing, photographs.

  11. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Thank you Terri and Barbara thanks for looking it up and explaining.

  12. Linda Rockwell April 11, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    A fabulous set of photos! I think White-faced as well based on the field marks. Also, it’s the one you’re much more likely to see in your area. Gorgeous bird! :)

  13. Judi April 11, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Every posting displays how much your talent is expanding every day, can hardly wait for the next day. Everyone is right, these are amazing! Especially like #2 with it’s different angle and lighting, #5 with water in it’s bill, #6 love the 5 droplets of water, and the last one with the tiny fish, he just looks so pleased with himself. Way to go Steve!

  14. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Thanks Linda and Judi!

  15. Beverly Everson April 11, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Wonderful series! I’ve never seen one of these IRL. Great catch!

  16. Robert Brem April 11, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    BEAUTIFUL SHOTS!!!! My vote is for “Hungry Ibis” !!

  17. Cindy April 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Love the one w/water tensed within its beak!

  18. Marie April 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    What wonderful pictures of this beautiful bird!

  19. Wren April 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I can only echo what’s already been said. They are indeed great photos, and I am convinced that the ibis is white-faced. Also convinced I’d never have gotten to that ID on my own.

  20. Steve Creek April 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Thanks everyone!

  21. Lela January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Yup. White-faced…based on location and legs. Great set of shots. :)

  22. Steve Creek January 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks Lela!

  23. Sheila April 30, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    They are white-faced!