We rarely see ibis here.  In the sixteen months we have been here, I can count on one hand the number of days I’ve sighted them.  The last time we had Straw-Necked Ibis here, they arrived at dusk to roost and were gone at first light.  Given this, it was a surprise to find a solitary Straw-Necked Ibis wandering around with two Australian Wood Duck, looking for insects and worms in front of the house when we returned from a family lunch today.

In trying to get closer to the bird to take better photographs, I took one step too many and scared it away, so I hope it returns soon.

Straw-Necked Ibis
Usually, Ibis flock together so it was interesting to see a solitary bird.
Ibis Size
You can see from the height of the bird against the long grass that it is a reasonably good-sized bird. My field guide suggest it can grow anywhere between 58 and 76 centimeters with a wing span of between 1 meter to 1.2 meters.
Ibis with Ducks
This ibis and Australian Wood Ducks seemed to be grazing together, moving up and down the dam bank in the same direction and within close proximity of each other.
Digging for food
As we have sandy soil, and not many worms, I’m not exactly sure what the ibis was eating, but it was certainly digging for food with that purpose-built beak.
Glossy feathers
The black feathers on the back of the ibis are so glossy that they appear iridescent flashing yellow, green and shades of purple when lit by the sun.