Understood ibis the focus on bird count

WATCHING: Peter Ewin on the lookout at an ibis breeding ground in at Fromholtz Park in South Albury for the national Aussie Back Yard Bird Count. He is encouraging Border residents to get the app and take part. Picture: MARK JESSER

WATCHING: Peter Ewin on the lookout at an ibis breeding ground in at Fromholtz Park in South Albury for the national Aussie Back Yard Bird Count. He is encouraging Border residents to get the app and take part. Picture: MARK JESSER

Ibis cop a bad rap, considering they’re one of Australia’s toughest birds, are often dubbed the “farmer’s friend” for their dietary habits and can travel up to 30km a day.

The Aussie Back Yard Bird Count runs this week and Border residents are encouraged to record their sightings of ibis on the bird count app.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage planning team leader Peter Ewin said one of few nesting grounds in the region was situated minutes from Albury’s CBD.

“The survey started in the early 2000s because there were very visible populations in central Sydney,” he said.

“There’s been populations outside what has been their natural distribution – we’ve got a small population breeding in Fromholtz Park.”

Mr Ewin encouraged families to learn more about what could be Australia’s most misunderstood bird.

“They are adaptable and take advantage of conditions – a lot of Australia’s birds can’t and that’s why they’re disappearing,” he said.

“This is a unique opportunity for people to see a breeding colony of a bird that normally would be nesting in a remote swamp.”

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