Tony Russell <>
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 16:13:54 +1030
>To: Alexandra Appleman <>
>From: Tony Russell <>
>Subject: Re: Where have all the Ibis gone?
>Hi Alex. I can tell you where lots of them are. Drove through SW Qld and
down into NE NSW a couple of weeks ago. Much of the normally dry country is
under water, miles and miles of it!! Bourke was like a town at sea, and so
was about 10km East of Wilcannia. Never seen so much water inland with most
roads closed off. And the birdlife was very prolific including thousands of
Ibis, both White and Straw-necked. Don't worry, we wont run out of them!.
>At 11:50 9/11/98 +1000, you wrote:
>>At 06:08 8/11/98 PST, jon wren wrote:
>>>Over the weekend 7-8 November I was involved in the Qld. Twitch. To our
>>>amazement we did not locate a single Ibis species. We travelled a total
>>>of 85 Km around the Bowen area and passed freshly ploughed fields,
>>>rubbish dump and various waterholes, dams etc.
>>>Have any other people noticed the lack of Ibis in their areas?
>>Australian White Ibis are still found in good numbers around Townsville,
>>including my garden, as we have a large communal roost on the South bank of
>>the Ross River, which they share with a colony of black flying foxes and 1
>>or 2 hundred cattle egrets.
>>I haven't noticed many Straw-necked Ibis around recently which suggests the
>>'dry weather bird' can sense that we are in for a Big Wet. I recorded over
>>100mm of rain at Gulliver last week.
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