While I was taking photos of the Teddy bear Bee the other day, these three Straw-necked Ibis flew overhead. The Nikon focused on them easily for a change. Single birds often elude the lens and are gone before the camera locks on, and other times the results are not worth sharing. I like these ones.
You can tell these birds aren’t White Ibis as they have black wings in flight. The wing undersides of White Ibis are white. You can even see the yellow throat-plumes that gives the bird its name – Straw-necked Ibis.
They travel all over mainland Australia, except for the arid parts. I don’t normally see large flocks here, but have once or twice. They love grasshoppers and locusts, and so are nick-named Farmer’s Friend.
It’s lovely to see blue skies. Today is dull, wet, and dreary. It rained all night. The rain gauge says we’ve had well over 2 1/2 inches since it started yesterday. We’ve had the Autumn break early, methinks. The paddocks have already greened up with the rains we’ve had during February.
The forecast is good, though, with the weather clearing by tomorrow. Just as well, for we are attending a Back-to, a celebration of 150 years for Rupanyup, my mother’s hometown. Affectionately known as Rup, the small rural town holds fond memories of visits to my Grandma. We’re taking the camper. Let’s see how my newfound blogging resolve holds up! According to one website ‘the Ibis is a symbol of communication, probing, transition and trust.’ Apt.
Thanks for visiting.