The Great Ibis Debate

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Subject: The Great Ibis Debate
From: " Chris Lloyd" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 09:51:32 +1300
Like Duncan I have often watched the Straw-necked and Oz ibis in action on 
farmland but more out west. Last August I had the sheer pleasure of watching 
literally thousands return to a diminished Lake Cargellico after their daily 
agricultural toil. The back drop of brilliant sunsets gave their appearance out 
of the western sky the flavour of the flight of the valkaryrie.

More prosaic investigation the following day found them systematically drilling 
fields in organised foraging lines. The larvae/insect reduction of a couple of 
hundred birds per field per day would be impressive enough without the 
efficiency of their constant nitrogen deposits and direct drilling. The only 
deposits from chemical sprays are leaky crankcases and carbon/particulates.

Peter's points about who are the real ferals is well taken and a constant 
source of interest when dealing with the jihad against the Indian Miner. We 
have some comprehensive gas chambers and cages being promoted to 
Landcare/Bushcare local government and uncle tom cobbly. What proof there is 
that this bird actually does anything other than expand into habitat niches 
created by another feral's obsession with concrete is unclear. I remember a 
Johannesburg ornithologist telling a seminar that if Jo-burgers removed all the 
Indian Miners they would have no bird song at all as nothing else could live in 
the suburbs. Perhaps its just their suspicious middle eastern appearance?

My suburban backyard brooks no Acridotheres tristris as we have that 
unproblematic native - Manorina melanchephala doing what it has always done 

Just so I don't get the wrong label for these comments I have to euthanase 
ferals on a regular basis because my licence requires it - not always because 
there is much science to why they are a problem.

Chris Lloyd
Training Officer
PO Box 260
Forestville NSW 2087

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