Seen in Tempe Reserve last weekend.

Seen in Tempe Reserve last weekend.  This bird has both wingtags & a metal ring above her right knee.  She also has all her toes.

I saw a juvenile Ibis in Tempe Reserve on the weekend strutting around with prominent yellow tags attached to her wings.  Although the wingtags looked bulky they seemed to have no impact on the bird or the other Ibis.

Curious about this I ldid a search on the net & found that the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is conducting research into the Australian white ibis within the Sydney region.  Their aim is to monitor where the Ibis go, their preferred habitat & their breeding. The birds have been banded on the leg and/or wing-tagged.

Apparently Sydney Ibis in the research study have been sighted in Coffs Harbour in NSW, Shepparton in Victoria, as well as in Brisbane & Townsville in QLD.   Four Ibis have made it all the way to  Papua New Guinea!

The Royal Botanic Gardens are asking the public to help by reporting any sightings of banded white ibis to ibis.sightings@gmail.com, even if the Ibis are seen in Papua New Guinea or the Moluccas Islands.

Not all the Ibis have had their wings tagged, so have a look at their legs both at the ankle & above the knee.

“The critical information to report is the tag number & colour or the position of the bands & their colours. An easy way to do this is to note each part of the bird’s leg. For example:

  • Left Upper (thigh) – Nothing
  • Left Lower (shin) – Yellow/Pink (top to bottom)
  • Right Upper – Metal
  • Right Lower – Green.”

The Royal Botanic Gardens are also researching Sulphur-crested cockatoos within the Sydney region – again to understand their movement, habitat preference & breeding.

They are asking the public to share sightings with a photo if possible to cockatoo.wingtag@gmail.com & to include the tag number & colour of the wingtag.

There is a free iphone app to help you report sightings called – Wingtags.

For more information see – http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/welcome/royal_botanic_garden/gardens_and_domain/wildlife/Bird_research

I look forward to the outcome of this research.  It should be really interesting.

The yellow plastic bolts look a bit alarming, but she seemed unaffected by them.

The yellow plastic bolts look a bit alarming, but she seemed unaffected by them.

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