Until I became addicted to my camera click, I had no idea what they were. my friend Diane, told me they are Ibis.
On one of our photo trips at Emerson Preserve, these birds were sitting in a dead tree and she said, that is an Ibis. I said get real, you said the white bird with the ugly beak was Ibis. Her reply, was this is a juvenile Ibis.
I said, you mean like in delinquent? are they bad? The answer is they are this color when they are young. In my googleing I found they come in several colors. These are the ones we see the most in our part of Florida.
there are Scarlet, Sacred, American, Australian, Black, Strawnecked, Glossy and even a Northern Bald Ibis. None of which I have seen. I would love to see the red one.
these are American White Ibis and very common in Florida. here is a bit of trivia on the White Ibis that I found on wikipedia
The mascot of the University of Miami is an American White Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school mascot because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes. The ibis is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed. Miami's sports teams are nicknamed "The Hurricanes".