Birds at the RBG #1: White ibis

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus)

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is really not one of my favourite birds. When viewed close up they are pretty grubby. They have this horrible featherless head and neck. The trees in which they nest turn white from their droppings. They have a habit of following rubbish trucks to the dump for a feed, and they have been moving into many suburbs including mine. I hate to think about what they’re leaving on my roof to be washed into the rainwater tanks.

But! When viewed at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney they seem much more benign. They don’t appear to have destroyed any of the palm trees by crapping in their crowns. Yet.

 

 

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) in a palm tree

Useful links:
Birds at the RBG #2: Grey Butcherbird
Birds at the RBG #3: Powerful owl
Birds at the RBG #4: Sulphur-crested cockatoo

History of the Royal Botanic Garden

 

Date: 16 October 2014
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Sunny
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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