Stirling Park & Ibis

Subject: Stirling Park & Ibis
From: Harvey Perkins <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 15:38:58 +1100
On another subject, I stopped to count the White Ibis colony at the Mugga Tip last week. I counted about 500 birds. Is this unusual? Or does this happen every year? I dont see any mention of this huge flock size in the ABR or on this discussion list. Is there a chance they may breed there?

On the occasions that I drive past the Mugga Tip I often see large numbers of Australian White Ibis (though usually they're not very white!) and 500 doesn't sound out of the ordinary. The only reason they do not show up in the ABR is because no-one has done the counts and submitted the records to COG! I have several times meant to stop and do a count but I'm always on the way to somewhere or on the way home from somewhere and have inadequate motivation to realise the inclination! As for breeding there - I don't know but I suspect it's just a foraging area.

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