Probing issues

A walk around the muddy foreshore at Cairn Curran reveals the extraordinary activity of a host of waterbird species. Foremost in terms of visibility are the myriad of circular holes left by the probing bills of ibis, both Australian White Ibis and Straw-necked Ibis. These birds do a remarkably efficient job and their pest control activities on pasture land are well-known and rightly lauded. As the waters slowly recede to reveal mudflats the numbers and diversity of waterbirds will increase. Late summer into early autumn will offer some outstanding birdwatching around the lake, with the tantalising prospect of encountering some rare and unusual migratory waders on passage back to the northern hemisphere.


Evidence of ibis foraging, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 4th February 2017


Australian White Ibis and Straw-necked Ibis (in flight)


Australian White Ibis





3 responses to “Probing issues

  1. Fantastic info and photos of these lovely ibis, Geoff.

  2. Your photography is spectacular Sue. Woodend

    Sent from my iPad

  3. i love the photo of the ibis with its “landing gear” [wings] outstretched forward. John from the Otways.’

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