Straw-necked Ibis

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Woko
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Straw-necked Ibis

I've rarely seen Straw-necked Ibis on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges for about 25 years but flocks of up to about 25 have been seen in & over paddocks since early October this year. There was even a flock of about 200 a few kilometers away a week or so ago. 

It would be interesting to know what conditions have made the season suitable for this species.

sue818
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It will be interesting to hear if the population has increased everywhere or where else they are appearing in unusual numbers. Is there not a study of this? I seem to recall there being a White Ibis count in past years.

Woko
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Yes indeed, Sue. On Thursday Ms Woko & I were traveling in to the shops to see what crowds we could socially isolate from when we were startled to see three Straw-necked Ibis fly across the road in front of us at windscreen wiper height. It might be time for a road sign to warn motorists of the dangers of low-flying Ibis.

sue818
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They nest atop the palm trees on one of Sydney's busy roads.

Alex Rogers
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Straw-necks? Really? What road? I very seldom see them in sydney, so I'd like to take some decent photos of them. 

sue818
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Oops, brain was not functioning... apologies to all but was thinking of Australian White Ibis on Victoria Rd... I really do know the difference between them!

Alex Rogers
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You mean the Australian White Ibis? :P

Yes, lots of nesting sites in Sydney. Despite the competition for parking spots at my climbing gym down the road, there are 4 or 5 places that are always vacant - and pity the poor newcomer who unsuspectingly parks there - Ibis poo is both voluminous and sticky!

sue818
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Thanks, Alex, of course I do.... think I need to post when my mind is only one thing & proof before posting. Apologies to all.

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