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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis (Image ID 42272)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Sat 5th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 8th Sep, 2020 .
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CommentThe disparagement of our Australian White Ibis as “bin chickens” can blind us to seeing their beauty and appreciating their resilience. As Erin Lennox, writes: “Knowing I’m a bird lover, my mother once tried to describe to me a particularly “majestic” bird she had seen in her neighbourhood. When, eventually, she produced a picture of the Australian white ibis, I roared with laughter. Somehow, she had missed the memo. But without having been exposed to the bad press, my mum had seen something I couldn’t: the ibis is a striking, even beautiful bird…I’m a PhD student researching the effects of urbanisation on birds – I know better than most that the ibis’ predilection for bin juice says far more about the wastefulness and destructiveness of humans than it does about the character of a bird which is just doing what it needs to do to survive. (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/21/the-ibis-was-here-first-now-its-just-doing-what-it-needs-to-do-to-survive)
This is a photo of a White Ibis in flight above trees at Coburg Lake, certainly a most striking and beautiful creature, here caught with the morning sun illuminating its fanned wings and capturing some of the tinge of yellowness in its tail feathers. A breathtaking bird indeed, celebrated as sacred in the northern hemisphere but less appreciated by many down under who may be oblivious to what they are missing.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 200
1/6400th f4
Handheld
LocationCoburg Lake Reserve, Coburg, Victoria
Keywordsin flight, adult
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