Thursday, September 6, 2007

Australian White Ibis nest

The Australian White Ibis population is exploding. They seem to have learned some survival tips from seagulls: rich pickins' to be had at garbage dumps and behind any Maccas*. They gather in such huge groups they look like an invading army.

But in this pic we have a more heartwarming scene. Parent Ibis in the nest with thier young chicks.

For more info on the Australian White Ibis, visit thier factsheet at Birds in Backyards.net.

*Maccas: Mickey D's, McDonalds

12 comments:

BetteJo said...

Are those birds as big as they look? Because I'm thinking that it would take more than a few discarded Big Macs to fill them up! Like small children maybe! :(

Lavender said...

Oh yeah! Petite they are not LOL!
They are about 72cm long - so a bit over 2 feet long - not including the full length of that bill! :)
Probally be easy to pack away a couple big macs - but they seem to really love the fries! Tehehe

barkfoot said...

All that saturated fat, it's going to play havoc when they try to get airborn!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

They indeed look big birds. Great picture.

Ces said...

Look at those beaks. You certainly don't want to be in their flying range. We also have an exploding population of egrets here in the city but the strange thing is, they are concentrated on an undeveloped lot full of trees. It's sad that someday that may be gone too because a new shopping strip may be built there. We used to have vultures and they left when their habitat was converted to a new subdivision. The birds are going away - too much concrete!

Lavender said...

Barkfoot ROFL Good point! And maybe they will have to start nesting on the ground too Tehehehe

CaptainThanks Captain, I was thinking of taking a drive back there today but have now but have remembered its best to stay home today (7th) as the roads are packed with people leaving Sydney due to the lockdown for APEC - maybe next week? Fingers crossed!

Ces Makes you wonder doesnt it? Maybe the egrets will adapt like the Ibis have - heres hoping they are welcomed where ever they find a new territory, fingers crossed!

Kadir said...

As a wild life vet, I am really impressed not only by seeing its babies but also its kith and kin. This post really made you as a specialist in wild life world info

PebbleZ Decorative Stone said...

big fat birds stinking of garbage flying around just a few feet off the ground because they can't get any higher. What a majestic thing nature is

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I had no idea there were so many! Only seen a few over my way but haven't checked the local dump or Maccas! HAHAHAAAA. Fantastic photograph Lavender!

Lavender said...

Kadir Cool, Thank you! You have some interesting info there, Im looking forward to seeing more in the future!

Pebblez Do I hear your tongue in your cheek? LOL This sort of thing has happened before, and probally will happen again, unless our species stops trying to cover every square inch of the earth with what we like in a habitat - actually, I dont much fancy Natures chances against us.
Pretty stuff on your site, very lovely!

Anon Oh I recomend everyone stay away from dumps and Maccas! Hehehehe
I need to get back there and get better shots, with maybe a wide angle lens - there were literally a couple hundred of them....it was almost scary! :)

Hoto said...

is this the place where the babys come from ??? lol

Lavender said...

LOL Hoto Could be! The Ibis is in the same family as storks. Well spotted mate!