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Plenty of Ibis – but no mountain

One day during the week, when I spotted an Ibis in the front garden, I soon discovered it was not alone. There were ten! I kid you not, I counted ten of these massive birds pecking through the overgrown grass, which, when it is dry enough to mow, we like to call our lawn.

Today I saw just four Ibis peck, peck, pecking away. Most people call these birds ‘Bin-Chickens’ – they are scavengers who will eat just about anything edible.

So as I wouldn’t frighten them away, I took my camera, ever so quietly, out the back door, snuck around to the side of the house, and zoomed in on them. It didn’t take long for their keen hearing to pick up on the fact that they were being watched, so they headed up the driveway to the road, undoubtedly searching for longer, greener pastures.

While taking photos of the Ibis, it occurred to me that I rarely take photos of a whole section of my garden. I usually – hmm, perhaps always – zoom in on the beauty of each individual flowering plant. For a change, today I took a photo of the garden beside my driveway. In this photo, I see New South Wales Christmas Bush, Gerberas, white Gaura, (lots of Gaura!) Duranta, Hydrangea, white and purple Buddleia, Port Wine Magnolia, lilac Daisies, and Roses. I do have the (unfair) advantage of knowing my garden though! And it goes against the grain not to show a close up of individual plants, so I won’t show full garden photos often – I promise. πŸ˜‰

We had hot, dry weather today, and cloud so low that Mount Warning didn’t have a hope of making an appearance. The crazy-cloud patterns continued, hiding the setting sun as well. The weather has been so changable lately.

I wonder what tomorrow’s weather will bring …

11 thoughts on “Plenty of Ibis – but no mountain

    1. That’s good to know, Eliza. I always feel like a bit of a tease if I post a full garden photo without naming the plants. I might try a combination of both full garden and individual highlights of the garden in future. πŸ™‚

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  1. I echo others — I like seeing the whole flower bed. It’s beautiful. It’s strange to see Ibis somewhere other than in the water (at the beach). We see the Glossy Ibis here, during the breeding season.

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    1. Thank you, Robin. πŸ™‚
      It’s only during the last year the ibis have begun to venture inland – although we’re not very far inland at all. Usually, we only see them around the more coastal areas.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. πŸ™‚
      When we have some fine weather, I will take some more full garden photos, but I’ll still have to add individual plant shots as well. πŸ™‚

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