Australian White Ibises

Bin Chickens. Trash Turkeys. Rubbish Raptors. The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) has a bad reputation.

Intrepid, mobile, and omnivorous these birds thrive in our cities. Unfortunately, many people associate them with garbage and scavenging, and don’t see their astonishing beauty.

They have a lifespan of up to 20 years, and a high rate of fertility, so they seem to be permanent members of our community. Last year we were shocked when over 30% of the population died. We’re still not sure what the cause was, but a virus is the most likely candidate.

I often don’t bother to capture them, as they are common, they fly a lot, and they are very easy to photograph. Sometimes, when the other birds are too lazy to fly, or the swallows are too annoying, I grab a shot or two. Or thirteen.

I think they are majestic.

Physics in Action
Physics in Action
Commit to the Tree
Commit to the Tree
Trading Speed for Altitude
Trading Speed for Altitude
Flare for Landing
Flare for Landing
Spoilers deployed for landing
Spoilers deployed for landing
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