Juvenile White Faced Ibis
Recently out of the nest in the Maurapas Swamp and not yet flying. Juvenile white-faced ibis go through a remarkable transformation. Their beaks are very short when they hatch, likely because room inside the egg is at a premium. The beak grows rapidly and for some reason sports dramatic pinkish stripes until it is almost full size. As you can see, their plumage undergoes a big change as they mature, too.