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Subject: Bird News
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 20:09:20 +1000
Laurie's note on White Ibis was timely as only last weekend I was able to
observe for myself just how these birds have adapted to living with humans.

At a swimming and picnic spot at Labrador on the Gold Coast in Queensland,
an ibis was drinking by putting its beak (bill?) right into a dripping tap.
It went in as far as the valve in the tap allowed.  The ibis  swallowed a
few times, removed its beak and then started again.  As the first bird left
, another took its place.  There were plenty of puddles of water around as
there had been rain so this method was not required.   Perhaps it is the
only method some of the birds now use?

Terry Pacey
Gold Coast
SE Qld

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