Nothing’s Sacred …

… except this! I was lucky enough to be at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits when this Scared Ibis dropped in at about 19.20 last night. Dave James, a few hundred metres away from me, picked it up first on the north bank of the main lake. It appeared unringed.

Adult Sacred Ibis, Clifford Hill GP, 8th August 2012 (Mike Alibone)

An escape or a wanderer from the French feral population, which numbers more than 600 pairs – a huge reduction from the several thousand birds present a few years ago. In France they are treated as a pest and a conservation concern as they are danger to other birds which are predated. There has been a culling program underway for the past few years.

5 thoughts on “Nothing’s Sacred …

  1. Hello, please can you tell me how to get to Clifford Hill Gravel Pitts, & is there somewhere to park?

    Thanks for your help,

    Peter Middleton

    1. Thanks for the update, John! Seems like it’s an escape from a collection in Cheshire. Three of them apparently absconded when their enclosure sustained storm damage.

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