This particular Ibis has been visiting my mothers garden (& neighbours) virtually every day for quite some months now & it is rather lovely to see.
The Australian white ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is a long–legged bird of about 60 to 75 centimetres in height. It’s mostly white, with delicate black tail feathers and it has a black, bald head with a very long downward curved beak.
When they fly in a group, they often make a long V shape, a beautiful sight to see soaring across an open sky.
Up close, the ibis’ wing span measures over a metre wide, so they’re quite impressive—though gusts of air moving off their wings do carry an odour. It’s a dusty, musky, musty sort of feathery smell quite unique to the species.
During the mating season, the normally rosy pink flesh under the wing turns a bright crimson red, and this colour can be repeated in the skin pigmentation at the back of the head.