To the uninitiated, the behavior of birders when pursuing a rare sighting is puzzling. The recent report of two White-faced Ibis at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York brought about a flurry of activity. There is some discussion if one of the birds is a Glossy Ibis palling with its far western relative, or if the one bird is a juvenile White-faced Ibis with its parent. No matter, really, if you just concentrate on their rarity and their beauty. Take a look.
It has a brilliant red eye. The bird's feathers glow in the sun with gold and purple and green. Oh my! It has this long curved bill that is a specialized tool to probe in soft mud for food. In the next photo I spotted evidence of what they are seeking.
Looks like a nightcrawler to me. Given the intense feeding activity I saw, there must be a huge number of worms in the wetlands at Montezuma.
So there were two Ibis, and they stayed close together. I theorize it is an adult and its juvenile, but it would be hard to confirm. The markings between Glossy and White-faced are compounded in the non-breeding season by differences between adult and juvenile. I did see this interaction which led me to speculate on the adult/juvenile relation.
The bird on the right with the red eye is likely an adult. Again, beautiful colors. Worth the trip to see them and watch their behaviors.