Sunday, 15 January 2012

Young ibis shows some gloss

This first year Glossy Ibis has been present at Chapel Amble since last Friday.  It appears quite content feeding in the middle of the meadow at the edge of the village.  This individual shows a mixture of young feathers and a hint of the adult's glossy greens and purples in the flight feathers.  A closer look and comparison of the bird seen at Stithians last October would appear to rule out them being the same individual. There has been another Glossy Ibis at Exminster Marshes, Devon present since the end of December.  Glossy Ibis records are increasing in Cornwall and the species is not the major rarity it once was.   Just a couple years ago, a flock of 17 were seen in the Lizard area.

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