These shots are a bit of a blast from the past - as you can see by the fact that people are playing cricket in the background of the pictures.
These pictures are taken on a local sports field - an oval as we say here. I had noticed a flock of Straw-necked Ibis feeding on the oval a few day before, and luckily they were still there when I went back. They seemed to be immune to the sound of willow and leather.
These birds are not small, with a wing span of about 1m and a length of between about 60 and 75cm. In some parts of the world this bird is known as the Sacred Ibis and its scientific name is a nod in that direction - Threskiornis spinicollis means the "sacred spiny-neck bird". The spines in this case bing the plumes on the chest.
This bird also has one of the better historical common names - it has been know as the "Farmers Friend" - and if you look at the image of the bird flicking the large soil grub into its beak you can see why!
I some places these birds are a bit of pest, being used to garnering tit-bits from picnics and the hands of small children. I can say from experience that they seem to have a fondness for peanut butter sandwiches!
The birds with the shorter beaks in these images are juvenile birds.
|Straw-necked Ibis - juvenile|
|Straw-necked Ibis - The Farmers Friend|
Now its your turn to get involved in WBW - click the link below and off you go! Please link back to WBW, share and generally spread the joy that is WBW through out the world!
Last week I asked if people knew of any reason why links to WBW had fallen a bit - and many people pointed out that it was the holiday season "up north" - slaps self on forehead!
However, I will now keep the WBW link open until noon on Saturday to give people better chance to link up.
Over to you.