Photo Of The Day – White Ibis In Panama

White Ibis

Title: White Ibis In Panama

Location: Isla Afuera, Veraguas, Panama, Central America

Description: It was a trip to Panama this last July that got me hooked on Birding (with a capital B). I was shooting the Safari Voyager for UnCruise Adventures during their Pure Panama itinerary. The assignment was to capture images of the ship and crew in action for advertising purposes and was a total of 8 days/7 nights onboard. Just before I left, I found out this particular sailing was an Ornithology Themed Cruise and there would be a Birding host onboard.

The trip was with Dr. Roger Lederer and his wife, two fun and knowledgable ornithologists who sparked a passion in me to learn more about our avian friends. The trip was attended by at least a dozen other birders so the energy and interest were contagious. I came back from that trip, downloaded a bunch of apps (of which, eBird, Merlin Bird ID, Sibley Birds and BirdsEye are excellent options) and started exploring my local scene.

Months later, with a new Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens attached to my Canon 7D Mark II for better viewing, I had grown my life list to 100 species. Not bad for a few months in California and Washington.

Then I went to Costa Rica and Panama with UnCruise again, just this last Fall, to lead my own Photography Themed Cruises. On that trip I clocked in another 70 species. It was a bit heavenly. And I know there were a lot of birds I missed, being as new to the science as I am.

One of my favorites from the trip is this White Ibis. I love how the blue eye contrasts with the beak and legs as well as the elegant curve of the beak. We found this fine example in the middle of a channel between the Panamanian mainland and the largest island in Central America, a little spot know as Isla Afuera. You can find it on a map by clicking the link.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm Sport
ISO: 1200
Focal Length: 250mm
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed: 1/1,250
Altitude: Sea level


White Ibis White Ibis White Ibis

Photograph Copyright 2018 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).
Prints of this image are available here if you want professional quality shipped to your home.


Do you have an interest in learning photography? Do you have a love for travel? Or are you an experienced photographer and want to have an experienced guide show you to some of the most amazing photo locations in the world?

Coming in 2019 I will once again be offering Photo Tours to Nepal and Bhutan (then adding Morocco, Patagonia, Greenland and more in the years ahead), both trekking and less-strenuous driving tours. Details are being finalized this month, but if you want to make sure you don’t miss the announcement, send me an email and I’ll add you to the trip specific email list.

Leave a Reply