White Ibis Eudocimus albus

There have been a number of records of escaped White Ibises in Europe but when a juvenile turned up in Kent in 2014 some people started to take seriously the possibility of it being a genuine vagrant from North America. Positively there have been a number of extralimital records within North America, however it is not a long-distance migrant and does not seem a particularly likely candidate for vagrancy to Europe. On the other hand it seems that the species is - or at least has been - bred in captivity in Europe, at least in Germany and perhaps also in the Netherlands and elsewhere, so perhaps that is a more likely origin.

The first few photos below were taken in Florida where the species is extremely common, and the remainder are the Kentish bird.

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White Ibises, Ding Darling (Florida, USA), 16th April 2013

 

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White Ibis, Ding Darling (Florida, USA), 16th April 2013

 

White Ibis, Fort Myers Beach (Florida, USA), 17th April 2013

 

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White Ibises, Loxahatchee (Florida, USA), 26th April 2013

 

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White Ibis, Loxahatchee (Florida, USA), 26th April 2013

 

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White Ibis, Katherine Street, Summerland Key (Florida, USA), 19th April 2013

 

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White Ibis of unknown origin (with Greylag Geese), Sevenoaks (Kent, UK), 20th December 2014