The rules are simple:
To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.
Many of you enjoy taking photos of birds...and you all do a much better job of it than me (I've only just discovered the zoom for close-ups of plants etc!)
This is my attempt to combine my love of blogging and my love of watching my boys at their weekend sport!!
When I spotted the Australian White Ibis strutting around the soccer field last weekend I thought it was too good an oppourtunity to miss.
Here was my chance to find out about a bird that I knew nothing about, yet saw all the time in parks and public areas around Sydney.
A quick wikipedia check informs me that they once happily lived around the marshy areas of north western NSW. However, since the 70's they have been migrating into the coastal city regions, quickly becoming pests as they scavenge in bins.
This has earnt them the nicknames of 'Dump Chook' and 'Tip Turkey'!! Originally though, they were called Mardungurra by the Yindjibarndi people.
Appparently the ibis is also very smelly (although I didn't get close enough to confirm or deny this!)
This particular ibis spent his morning searching for scraps of sausage sandwiches and orange peel.