This particular image has a little bit of irony for me. A couple weeks ago I went out in search of virginia rails to photograph but found this white faced ibis instead. I was then photobombed by a virginia rail in the background, the bird I set out originally to photograph.
A couple weeks ago I found a place along the wetlands of the great salt lake where a family of virginia rails had set up shop. They are a fairly secretive bird to say the least but at this particular location I was able to observe numerous chicks and a couple adults feeding along the edges of a small open spot in the cattails.
Needless to say I didn’t have my camera with me at the time but I came back the next morning hoping to find them again. When I arrived at the spot a white faced ibis was feeding in the same location where I observed the rails. It was very close and didn’t seem to mind me or any of the other visitors so I grabbed my camera and spent some time photographing the ibis. The bird was very close, about 30 feet away, which made me almost completely forget the original reason I came, to photograph virginia rails.
It was a hot morning and the white faced ibis would stop feeding and raise his wing for a moment or two. I am of the understanding this is how they dissipate heat on such hot days. On one of these stretches I noticed the rail in which I had come to photograph made a quick appearance, long enough to photobomb my image of the white faced ibis.
I didn’t mind. It was actually great to see the virginia rail so close as I had never seen on from such a short distance. As luck would have it I was able to photograph a couple of virginia rails later on after the ibis had left the area so it all worked out well in the end.