ibis

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straw-necked ibis

In the right light the Straw-necked Ibis has a shimmering ‘coat’ of iridescent feathers. They are graceful and slow moving large water birds that can be found throughout Australia and New Guinea. This one was spotted on a holiday earlier this year on Magnetic Island, an island off the Queensland coast at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef.

straw-necked ibis

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Straw-necked Ibis are pied ibis with long yellow plumes on their necks and black plumage on wings that are glossed with blue, purple and green iridescence. They nest in bushes or trees over water and this pair were testing out their vertigo skills in a tree in a paddock (but close to a river). They are pretty common throughout Australia and are great travellers.

Australian white ibis

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Australian White Ibis stand up to 75cm tall and have a black naked head and neck with black plumes and feathers near tail. These two are ‘immature’ as their black feathers are only dappled and the red on the adult legs was not yet apparent.

the balancing ibis

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Australian White Ibis are quite prolific across Australia, only avoiding the most extreme of the desert centre. They are 68-75cm with black naked heads and necks and black plumes on the tail. I spotted this pair in the top of a pine tree near the beach, a good 20 + metres up in the air. They were nonchalantly balanced on the swaying tips grooming themselves in the afternoon sun.

Australian white ibis

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These Australian White Ibis grow up to 75cm and frequent about 75% of Australia .. avoiding the central desert of WA south of the Kimberley. They nest in large colonies amoung mangroves and lignum over water where they build large cup nests and lay up to 4 white eggs. I captured this pair in the Coffs Harbour Botanical Garden.