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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 16:05   #1
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Sacred Ibis - Ebro Delta

Hi all,
Quick question.
Saw Sacred Ibis in Ebro Delta today - no ringing that I can see on ptures I took. Is there a chance it may have flown up from Africa.

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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 16:09   #2
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I think that there is a population of Sacred Ibis at the Camargue.... not sure if they are natural, introductions or escapes....

Not so far away from Ebro I guess.....
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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 16:32   #3
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Hi.

They are closer to home than most people think.
Have a look at this. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/code/s...&category=news

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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 16:42   #4
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There is a growing population in France originating from birds that escaped the Zoo of Branfere (They were kept free-flying, so escape wasnt difficult).

The population in France is mainly at the atlantic cost and, if I remember correctly, there are about 2000 pairs in france now (or even more?).

There are also some birds at the french mediterranean coast and small colonies and breeding have also occurred in spain.

Predation on Tern eggs has been reported and there is a big debatte on culling going on. Difficult to say how big the problem is, but some people seem to be totally against any action against the "Ibis sacre"; while others would love to shoot the breeding colonies. A somewhat heated discussion, I think.

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Predation on Tern eggs has been reported and there is a big debatte on culling going on.
The sooner the better would be a great start...
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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 17:14   #6
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OK, thanks everyone. Ill assume introduced. A quick Google showed that others have seen this Ibis at Ebro as well.

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P.S. I think its a long way from Camargue to Ebro (as the crow or ibis flies)!!!
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I don't know if they are still there but I saw two sacred ibises at the S'Albufera reserve in Mallorca in 2000 and 2002. These two were regulars there.
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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 17:52   #8
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This species has not been unusual in the Ebro Delta in the last 10 years or so, although I have not yet seen it there myself.

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