Iridescent Feathers – the Straw Necked Ibis Returns
The Straw-Necked Ibis must have thought the food worth a return visit, for it was back again this morning. Still solitary, it was sharing the bounty with two ducks, two Corellas, a kookaburra and a flock of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. My best guess is that there is some kind of burrowing larvae hatching at this time of year, but I don’t have the knowledge to even guess what that might be. Fodder for a future research project, perhaps!
What pleased me is that the Ibis was closer to the house than it was last night, so I was able to photograph it through the window without scaring it away. This time I was able to capture both the iridescent feathers and the straw-like feathers that adorn its neck and give the bird its name.
More details are provided in the photograph captions: