On my very first trip to Australia I saw an ibis in a in a park by the cafe, begging for scraps like a pigeon. It seemed really odd to have such an exotic looking bird acting like a pest and being shooed away. One of it’s nicknames is ‘tip turkey’ because of it’s habit of scavenging rubbish.
It’s still strange seeing them now, especially when they fly overhead. They’re quite big and it seems like quite hard work.
This one flew over with a stick – nesting time.
It still seems really odd to see them roosting in trees in such numbers. They somehow seem too big and too heavy for the twigs that they sit on.
Their bald heads remind me of vultures, with wrinkly skin and no feathers until lower down their necks. This was was at Herdsman Lake, home to hundreds of ibis.
I sometimes see the black ‘Straw-necked’ ibis, but they are hard to get good pictures of. I don’t know why, but they seem to be more nervous than the white ibis, so my pictures are all taken at quite a distance – any nearer and they all fly off!
The straw-necked ibis below were at the Sandalford Estate, by the lake in the vineyard. One day hopefully I’ll have more time to spend on getting a bit closer and getting a more detailed picture of one of these.