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Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis (Image ID 38142)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 14th Dec, 2019 and uploaded on Mon 13th Jan, 2020 .
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ID38142
CommentThe Australian White Ibis is a close relative to the African Sacred, which was mentioned by Caesar, when his armies occupied Alexandria: He sought permission from Cleopatra to kill the birds to be used as food for his troops, as the ibis were fouling the streets leaving an odour unfit for Roman noses. As the birds were indeed sacred, the answer was a blunt ‘no!’ The Australian White Ibis has also benefited from our urban environments, expanding its territory and frequently building up huge numbers around rubbish tips, just as they can be seen in any park, foraging on the manicured lawns. They eat grasshoppers, snails, mussels, aquatic worms and marron as well as human scraps. Prior to around 1990 I did not then see it that often 30 km from the Perth CBD, but it has since become abundant also in my suburb, where it frequents any sports oval and the few remaining wet patches, such as drainage ditches as well as wet strips along rivers and creeks. Herdsman Lake; GPS. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentEquipment: Olympus OM-D E-M1X with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko & Olympus 1.4 teleconverter Shooting Mode M/Manual 1/2500 sec F6.3 ISO-400 Velbon Neo Charmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2 Camera settings: Exposure Program: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/2500s, f5.6 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: ‘Pattern’ (5 sensors); Focus Mode: C-AF+TR(acking) and shooting in ‘Drive Low’ at 10 frames/sec Olympus Workspace for viewing; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control
LocationHerdsman Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, breeding plumage/features, behaviour/display
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