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Re: Glossy ibis return

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:33 pm
by Clinton9
That is because glossy ibises had gone to their breeding colony, and are started to lay eggs now, so you have to wait until January when they return with their chicks to where you been looked for. Chicks don't fly strongly until January when about 1 1/2 month old.

Will Parsons wrote:The glossy ibis seemed to have disappeared again and have not visited there main feeding paddock and there is no sign of them alongside the Royal spoonbill on the settling ponds. :(

Re: Glossy ibis return

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:52 pm
by Bill F Cash
The Glossy Ibis are back at there breeding site on the island in the middle of the Sewage Pond at the end of Hardings Rd.
This morning I counted six glossy ibis on the island along with 67 Royal Spoonbills.
The Royal Spoonbills I am positive are nesting over the last few weeks I have seen numerous adults fly in with nesting material and although very distance there look to be a number of Royal Spoonbills sitting on nests.
The Glossy Ibis may also be nesting, they are extremely difficult to see as they looked to be tucked right in under the Ngaio trees. It was only when royal spoonbill landed almost on top of them and they all took flight did I realise they were even there. They did a half circle and quickly landed back at the same spot, the exact same spot where infact they nested last season. For that reason I think they may already be nesting as well. Just six birds were sighted hopefully more will turn up over the next couple of weeks. As this is just a fraction of the total number of Glossy Ibis sighted in Marlborough over the last few weeks.
Bill.

Re: Glossy ibis return

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:45 pm
by Will Parsons
Great news Bill thanks for the follow up as I checked that area last Friday and saw nothing.

Re: Glossy ibis return

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:49 pm
by Will Parsons
1ibis seen Sunday circling main feeding paddock on Dillons Point road.

Re: Glossy ibis return

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:25 pm
by Will Parsons
Saw 2 ibis at 7.55 tonight flying north towards Rarangi over lower Opaoa river. Also 1 Royal spoonbill with bands yellow or pink over red a nd on lower leg silver. Also 10 SIPOC flying north of lower Wairau lagoon on Saturday. ;)