Hopefully there is sufficient white in this ibis’s plumage for Jude and this month’s Life in Colour. And as today’s portrait is in honour of Jude I am even going to mention what bird it is! I believe this is the African sacred ibis rather than the Australian white ibis, although they are considered by some to be conspecific so guess it could be either.

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  1. He looks prettier than our ibis. They’re not the most popular birds here because they tend to set up home in urban areas and raid the rubbish bins, making a big mess. Hence their Australian nickname – bin chickens.

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      1. They make me uneasy if I’m eating lunch on the grass in a park, with all their stalking around, bobbing, looking, and their large size — and that very large, pointed bill just waiting to snatch my lunch from my hands!

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  2. It initially appeared to be a headless fluff ball with black legs and some sort of weird, sci-fi appendage. 🙂 Maybe even on the second look. But all is resolve now. Cool shot.

    janet

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  3. This is funny! On the small preview in my reader it looked like the head of a white phantasy being flicking a black lip with closed eyes giving it a look of pure enjoyment 🙂

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      1. Well, it is a sacred ibis. In South Africa we saw them not so often, the hadeda ibis is much more common. There is a popular comic, called Madam & Eve, which features a grandma and her fights with the VERY LOUD hadedas (that’s where their name comes from). They just have so much character. https://www.google.com/search?q=madam+%26+eve+cartoon+hadeda&rlz=1C1VSNG_enDE617DE683&sxsrf=ALeKk025ZBTmADrlqCrQTgdtk_04_xwkCg:1624303906957&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=_KzmVeMQWoiiYM%252C9IW-kBxzVZAC9M%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kR4QmxzQowkRMmCCzyF0uItVVXpdw&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiHkobLu6nxAhUHtRoKHRYjA9kQ9QF6BAgPEAE#imgrc=_KzmVeMQWoiiYM

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  4. Took me a while to realise what he was doing! I could do with being that flexible so I can scratch the itch on my back! Plenty of white here Becky and thank you for naming him.

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    1. hee hee you’re not the only one who took a while to work it out. It just wouldn’t look up at me so in the end I gave up and took this!

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      1. oh bless, that age old problem of knowing when resting actually will make a difference. Glad to hear she is doing well. More hugs from me for her, and strict instructions to you to pamper her magnificently!!

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      1. Yup, works brilliantly – combination of the amount of concentration needed plus the way it affects your diaphragm seems to sort it for me. Best done over a sink though!

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