We’ve had half a dozen Straw-necked Ibis on the fairways the last few days.
They strut along and keep just out of good photography range – like so many birds I try to capture! I probably get closer to them on the mower and the motor bike actually.
We seldom get the Australian White Ibis, (Sacred Ibis), on the course. They seem to prefer the wetter irrigated farm paddocks.
I rather like the Straw-necks. Along with the Whites, they are sometimes called the farmer's friend for their habit of consuming numerous and various pest species like grubs, caterpillars, grasshoppers and the like.
When the light is just right, the plumage on their backs and sides is an iridescent black, bronze, blue and green.
I rename them – Greenkeeper's Friend!