Australian white ibis
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.
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.
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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.
The Dusky Moorhen and Ibis were very comfortable sharing the Japanese pond at Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens.
The down-curved bill identifies this bird as part of the ibis family, they are in most parts of Australia and because they are so common they are called the Australian White Ibis, they stand between 68-75cms and like to nest in large cup-shaped stick nests in mangroves, trees or bushes near water and will lay 2-4 white eggs. In flight they sometimes show the scarlet naked skin on under-wing that is visible in this photo as it prepares to drop onto the surface of the water. I photographed this bird at the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens while attending the Sustainability Fair today. It was hiding away from the crowds in the Japanese garden.