When Ibis Attack!

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…..

Australian White IbisIbis: Here, we get the Australian White Ibis

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.

Ibis in the parkWhy did the Ibis think about crossing the road?

Ibis by the roadA triumvirate of Ibis.

a trimvirate of IbisIbis by the sea.

Ibis by the seaIbis comes to dinner.

Ibis comes to dinnerIbis on the Beach.

Ibis on the beachSo, pest?

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…..

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  • Mark October 17, 2016, 9:41 pm |

    Today I was attacked by an ibis for the second time in my life. (In Sydney)
    I was jogging minding my own business when this ibis came bombing in out of nowhere and flew into the back left side of my head. It had its claws out and was scratching at me with them.
    It caused a massive scene, every one was like what the hell!
    I think it could be bad karma after I ran one over a few years back for payback for the one that got me when I was a kid.
    These birds are no joke!
    Stay safe people!!

    • BobinOz October 18, 2016, 7:04 pm |

      Well, as things stand, it sounds like Mark 1 – ibis 2.

      I think you could be right, it could be a case of bad karma, but I have to ask; when you are jogging were you eating a bag of crisps by any chance? 🙂

      I think you now need to decide whether to exact further revenge on a random ibis, which could be seen as an escalation. Or whether to just let it go and see if these birds are prepared to do the same.

      Stay safe indeed!

  • BobinOz December 14, 2010, 6:43 pm |

    Hi Tobey, It’s a small world, getting smaller every day. It’s a great video, I might subscribe myself.

  • Tobey December 14, 2010, 4:38 am |

    The first video is just from someone in my subscriptionlist in youtube 😉

  • BobinOz November 22, 2010, 8:36 pm |

    They do look worrying, don’t they? Look on the bright side, if you got speared, you’d be the first!

  • Brooke, WhyGo Australia November 20, 2010, 11:49 am |

    I love the Ibis, but I do fear their rather large beak — looks like it could spear me!

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