|Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
March / April 2006
The Straw-necked Ibis is distributed in most of Australia except the centre and centre-south. Some migrate to New Guinea during the winter. It is found mainly inland and often some distance from wetlands. Habitats include grasslands and pasture as well as freshwater wetlands.
|It has a featherless black head and long, downturned bill. There is an iridescent coppery shine to the black upperparts and breast and it has a white neck and white belly. Its breast plumes are straw-coloured.
It uses its bill to probe the ground for insects, frogs, fish, snails, etc..
|Photo 3 was taken during a cricket match at the Manuca Oval in Canberra. I think one of the birds was a bit shocked by an LBW decision.|