OMG Elbert! I just came across the bridge and there was one of these magnificant birds on Vernon Wilson's property - very close to the road. I knew I had never seen one like this before and was going to get out my birdbook - but thanks to you I now know what it is. I sure hope it is not the same one as it would be wonderful to have at least two of them here.
Elbert - I just 'googled' this bird and your photos are far superior to any on the web. In California I ran a lot of photo contests – underwater of course – but I can tell you that your images would win anyplace. There are a lot of places that specialize in nature photos and this Heron and your White Ibis are both definitely first place quality. Would you like me to be your agent? LOL There are lots of prizes out there to be won.