I’ve made a few posts and videos of the birds that visit my birdbath over the years but today’s birds are just to big to fit into a 60 cm pedestal bird bath. 🙂
These Australian Ibis, a close relative of the Sacred Ibis, were out in number on the two lakes close to me this week and they seemed to be relishing in the opportunity to clean up a little.
A flock of Australian Ibis relaxing. The more keen eyed of you, particularly those viewing this on a large computer screen (recommended method for my photos) may be able to count how many are here? Maybe you might count 35? You would be wrong as you likely missed the other three sitting quietly on the large horizontal branch of a gum tree, top right of picture! 🙂
Flapping about in the shallows.
Getting a little more energetic! 🙂
Drying off a little with a bit of a shimmy. 🙂
Drying off a LOT! 🙂 The red under his wings’ leading edges are patches of skin, not red feathers. The bird would measure about a metre (3ft 3 in) from his tippy-toe to the top of his wingspan here. His beak would be 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) long
Not sure if he’s drying off or dancing the Flamenco?? 🙂
I love the shadow of his head and neck on his wing! The black shape above the small red patch on the wing in front is the back of his head. The black shape below him is a dead leaf that is being blown up by the force of the air he is moving as he dries himself after his dip.