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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

The Australian white ibis used to be confused with other ibis species until analysis at a chromosome level identified them as unique. 
Wikipedia would have us believe that they used to be scarce in urban areas and have since immigrated to urban areas. However I would say we have immigrated our urban sprawl into their habitat.

Australian White Ibis pouncing on lunch

Australian White Ibis with wings fully extended


Australian White Ibis with wings raised displaying red skin on the underside of the wing.

Australian White Ibis with black 'lace' feathers visible

Australian White Ibis has striking black feet and bill

Australian White Ibis has striking black feet and bill and 'lace' feathers

Australian White Ibis has striking black feet and bill and 'lace' feathers

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    1. They are pretty cool with their fancy lace feathers at breading time.

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  2. Inclined to agree, we have encroached on their space. Loely selection of images #MySundayPhoto

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    1. It's sad to see their habitat disappear but I'm always pleased when I see animals adapting to urban living - it's their best chance at survival.

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  3. great shots stella. i always say ibis have the ugliest faces but the prettiest laciest (?) bums of any bird.

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    1. 'butterface' girls and 'prawn' boys -sorry, I couldn't help myself with the non PC foody jokes

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  4. I love seeing birds in flight like this, a great set of photos

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    1. Birds with big wingspans are just incredible.

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  5. What an unusual looking bird. We get nothing like that here

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. Perhaps your local zoo has an few exotics? I guess we get more then our fair share here in Australia but often feel we are missing out on what other's consider common species.

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  6. That second shot of the Ibis is fab. What an interesting bird #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Yes, that's my favourite shot too, but I wish his face weren't in shadow.

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  7. Fantastic photos....What a strange looking bird x

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    1. They're pretty unique that's for certain.

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  8. love that you share these beautiful photos with us! It's like I am there seeing it myself!

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    1. It's better then seeing it in person, I love getting home and zooming in on the photos for details I simply can't see with the naked eye or even through the lens. Post processing can be a lot of fun discovering lovely details.

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  9. They really look cool! And the facts too. #mysundayphoto

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    1. I think finding out the facts to share with you all is half the fun for me :o)

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  10. Great photography as always, Stella! The white is so pure! But his salt and pepper neck reminds me of my woodstork.

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    1. I wish I could keep my whites that white!

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  11. Hi Stella, we used to see a species of Ibis in South Africa, similar to the Australian one in your picture, but black from the neck up,rather odd looking birds.Your photos are amazing and the bird seems totally oblivious to you.

    Excellent.

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    1. I have tried to get a good shot of an Ibis for years, they are shy and I seem to scare him off. This guy was so intent on his prospective lunch he didn't notice me. I would love to see your South African Ibis.

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  12. I don't think I've ever seen an ibis in person but your photos are a wonderful next best thing. What beautiful creatures they are.

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    1. They are at their most stunning during breeding season when they put on all their finest fancy plumage.

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