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Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis (Image ID 42273)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Sat 5th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 8th Sep, 2020 .
Resolution1400x797
Viewed31
ID42273
CommentOn land, ungainly. In flight, perfection. This Australian White Ibis was sighted following a number of others on route in the same direction from their home colony on a small island in Coburg Lake in the middle of Melbourne. Poet Ian Irvine Hobson writes: "Ibises (scribes) are ‘pests’ in today’s new Australiaof fast money, climate change denial and government
sanctioned human rights abuses. In eastern seaboard cities, colonies of birds – escapees from inland drought – clamour for pastries and fish-food in parks beside suburban lakes." (https://www.artvilla.com/plt/the-australian-ibis-sister-to-the-sacred-ibis-a-poem-by-ian-irvine-hobson). This certainly describes our 100+ White Ibis colony at Coburg Lake, who have only made their home here over the past two years, no doubt driven by drought conditions elsewhere. The image is processed in black and white, highlighting the beauty of the bird’s outstretched wings against the grey and white of the clouds above.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 200
1/5000th f4
Handheld
LocationCoburg Lake Reserve, Coburg, Victoria
Keywordsin flight, adult
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