Bald, black head and neck
Black tail feathers
Long, black, down-curved bill
Similar to adult
Neck covered with black feathers
During my time in Melbourne, I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow from BirdLife Melbourne. On my last day there, he took me to the Water Treatment Plant in Werribe. The many lagoons and wetlands there make it a haven for waders and waterbirds.
These odd looking birds were some of the first birds we encountered upon entering the limited access area. I snapped pictures of them while leaning out the window of our vehicle as they nonchalantly strolled along the dirt road in front of us.
Learn more about the Australian White Ibis.