I couldn’t resist adding the ‘ugly’ to this caption. I’ll be honest – I’m not overly fond of Ibis. I think it’s because I mostly see them as muddy birds in ‘dirty’ disturbed places such as garbage tips or in urban parks where their numbers are so great that they have totally defoliated areas.
But my distaste for their moving into urban places is all the more reason for me to help out with the Annual Australian White Ibis survey this Sunday 7th February. Sorry – it’s for those in NSW only.
Ibis numbers have grown along the east coast, particularly in urban areas, because of changes to their natural habitat out west. Information gathered during the survey will help understand and manage these 'urban sea changers'.
It's easy and anyone can help out from anywhere in NSW. Pop down to your local pond, wetland, creek, or maybe even garbage tip and search for an Ibis. Full details here and a great information pamphlet on Ibis can be found here.
Happy Ibis spotting!