I received an email from a reader the other week, she was visiting Brisbane for one day and wanted to know the best places to visit. Among my suggestions were South Bank Parklands and the Cultural Centre, and she certainly took me up on that idea.
I know because she sent me a photograph of “a bird that we don’t get over here”. I knew exactly what bird she meant, because they are always hanging out over at South Bank Parklands and the Cultural Centre, and when I first saw them I thought “we didn’t get them back in England!”
And this is the bird we are talking about…..
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Ibis is a family of birds related to the stalk. You can see the resemblance, can’t you? The reason you don’t get them in England is because they like warm countries; although I think they do visit the UK during the summer. Sometimes. If it’s a hot one.
Here in Australia, they are widespread. But we see them more in certain places, like South Bank Parklands and often by the coast. Which is where, you will recall, I went last weekend. And yes, Ibis were there.
The debate is, are they a bird that should be preserved or are they a pest? Let’s take a look at a few Ibis or Ibises, as a crowd (the official collective noun) of Ibis are known. I had hoped that the plural for Ibis had been Ibi, making it a palindrome, but it’s not. Never mind.
Ibis in the park.
Maybe, but also beautiful, just watch this…….
When Ibises attack.
But as you know, Australia is a country full of bad things. That’s why I have a whole category of Australia’s bad things. Like most of our wildlife here, the Ibis is likely to attack without warning.
It has to be said that this attack isn’t by a White Australian Ibis, but I did want to show you the most ferocious attack I could find. As it turned out, the most horrific I saw was by a Scarlet Ibis in Vancouver…..