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WHITE IBIS

That nest in a palm tree is an adaptation from a wetland reed bed, an island of spikes in the air that keeps their babies safe where an island haven is not available. The large body gives them confidence in the face of predation by both humans and cats, and makes them stand out as a hazard on the roads while they forage for squashed biscuits moistened in the gutter.

For every adaptable species like the ibis, however, there are those who cannot travel, who are scared of humans or industrial noise, are small enough to be eaten by suburban cats, are vulnerable without cover and whose beak is too specialised to eat a discarded ice—cream cone by the seaside. The gift of the Australian white ibis to other birds, plants and animals is the message it brings: 'I am here because my home environment is no longer adequate for my needs.

White Ibis | Audubon Field Guide

We've mucked up the natural habitat out there, and that's had a negative impact on a range of a species, but the ibis is one of the few which has actually adapted and changed its behaviour and moved to the coast,' says Dr John Martin. And yeah, we're working towards fighting those things, towards having more environmental flows and water for the environment. It doesn't just help the water birds, a healthy environment is good for agricultural as well.

This [series episode segment] has. Listen to a new outdoor adventure every week with Off Track. We have plenty on our property hear at Yarra Juntion. I love them. They fly in and sometimes we have 50 or more here.

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I agree, I think they are beautiful. Long and graceful and what a wonderful moment when you see an ibis gliding overhead. I always felt a sense of sadness when I see them going through the bins and the human disgust directed at them as a result.


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  5. If the animal is considered 'disgusting' people don't care if its abused or that their habitat is decimated. I'm glad that someone else out their appreciates them. Great report, thank you! We get them here in the Cross all the time and they make me laugh how clever they are. We have Palm trees close to us and the babies can be noisy indeed.

    Even if they are a little ungainly on the ground in flight they are majestic soaring high above the CBD. Sad to think they are only here because they have no other choice but like many individuals around kings cross, they add to the colour of the place. We have many thousand of Ibis here at the various wetlands around Albany WA. It is glorious to see them all flying overhead in formation in the late afternoon. I happen to love them. I'm from Scotland and they appear exotic to my eyes. Their dinosaur feet, long curving beaks and the fact they get so close to us.

    Most wild animals scurry off, but Ibis just get on with their day so that you really get to inspect them up close. In the last 5 years I have been seeing them increasingly in built up areas around Perth, away from their usual wetland habitats.

    They have impressed me with their adaptability and I think they are rather lovely but at the same time I am worried that something must be out of balance for them to be away from their normal environment. I haven't heard ppl expressing disgust toward them, which indicates their scavenging lifestyle is still a new thing around here. A nice read AAARRRP It's good to see the ibis get a bit of good press, creating a bit of empathy for these guys who are only doing their best to survive in tough circumstances.

    Unfortunately we tend to ignore the warnings. Thanks for the story and bringing awareness to the issue. Very interesting story. Has changed my perceptions on the bin chooks thats for sure. Thank you. Many years ago my horse paddock had a creek that flooded every year.

    White Ibis

    I noticed when the flood was receding the ibis would come in great numbers and bury their beaks through the silt and into the ground. I was so grateful to them for airating and fertilizing the soil with both their manure and the silt. The adult is all white, with black-tipped wings. Immature birds are mottled white and brown, and otherwise resemble the adult birds. In flight, the way to distinguish a White Ibis is to look for its down-curving bill, long neck, narrow body, and legs that extend beyond its tail.

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    You will most often see White Ibis flying in flocks numbering from 5 to 25; their flap, flap, flap, glide flight pattern will help you identify them. Whereas most species of birds use only one habitat for breeding, the White Ibis is unique in that it requires two habitats: brackish marshes and freshwater marshes. Adult birds feed in brackish water marshes and along the shoreline of bays, looking for young crab, small mollusks, and other aquatic food.

    White Ibis chicks are unable to digest salts found in saltwater food organisms, so its parents must hunt for crawfish in freshwater marshes such as those found at Brazos Bend State Park and Addick's Reservoir, as well as in ditches and bayous around Houston. Every time a bayou is cemented or a development supplants seasonal wetlands in or near Houston, the numbers of White Ibis diminish.

    The White Ibis is a beautiful bird worth preserving, and provides yet one more important reason for us to speak up for protecting their habitat when we see it being threatened in our neighborhoods. The face and legs are red. Black wing tips are visible in flight. Juvenile White Ibis are mottled white and brown, have an orange face and bill, dull orange legs and gradually transition to adult plumage.