Val Curtis's message about Red Wattlebird chasing
Pelican has reminded me of a Straw-necked Ibis - Red Wattlebird encounter in my
garden a few months ago.
For two days I had a single Straw-necked Ibis
feeding on my lawn. It was collecting mainly underground spiders and
inserting the full length of its bill to do so.
The ibis was accepted by all the resident birds
except a nesting Red Wattlebird which spent a lot of energy trying to get the
ibis to move on which of course didn't happen until the ibis was
ready to leave.
As Val asked about the pelican I now ask why would
a Red Wattlebird need to harass an a Straw-necked Ibis?