White-faced ibis adult, non-breeding plumage.
Not too shabby for least-fancy plumage of the year, eh?
These birds are a mysterious kaleidoscope of colors that frequently look just black.
Except in strong light.
Enjoyed cruising around Merced National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
and San Luis NWR yesterday.
While California is mid-mega-drought,
at least there is SOME water SOMEwhere for these creatures,
and the plants & animals they rely upon,
so I am VERY grateful for the USFWS Wildlife Refuge System
for providing for these ecosystems, and allowing people to visit.
Cost us ZERO $.
I hope y'all had a great Martin Luther King Day.