This time it’s the turn of the Australian White Ibis. 🙂 They are rather large and imposing birds standing some 60 – 70cm (2ft 6) tall with wingspans up to 1.5 m (5ft) and weighing, in the male’s case, well over 2 kg (4.5-5lb)
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One of two flocks of Ibis on the small lake.
The white neck feathers on this bird indicate it is a juvenile bird which seems to be moulting or perhaps still growing a full set of pure white feathers as there were a couple of areas of bald skin showing as he displayed and preened. He doesn’t seem quite as clean as his companions despite the fact he seems to have recently had a bath! 🙂
Although predominantly blazing white with black tailfeathers, (featherless) head and neck, these Ibis have some reddish plumage underneath part of their wings, but not to the extent of their more famous cousins from Africa, the Sacred Ibis. (of Egyptian hieroglyphic fame!)
Until 1970 these birds were rarely found within our major metropolitan areas, however prolonged droughts in their natural breeding areas, associated with the early signs of the developing global climate change in Australia, resulted in many of these birds now being found and thriving in our large cities, with those in their natural habitat declining in number.