Casual Visitors

Hadedah 1

Hadeda 1

First thing in the morning, I often see a hadeda on the lawn, digging for insects and worms with its long curved beak. (A hadeda is an ibis, Bostrychia hagedash.)

They will appear in my garden at odd times throughout the day, but mostly early morning or evening.

Hadeda 2

Hadeda 2

They shove their beaks right down into the lawn to reach the bugs.

Little Monkey saw the bird too, from her ‘lair’ on her mat inside the house, but she didn’t bother to get up; not until its friend flew down to join it.

Hadeda 3

Hadeda 3

The noise of the flapping wings and the movement of the bird landing were like a starting pistol to Little Monkey.

Ready Steady Go!

She leapt out of the starting gate running straight for the Intruders, travelling at the speed of light by the time she hit the lawn.

But the birds were even faster and had already flown the coop!

 

You can see Little Monkey chasing a hadeda in Action, and find out more about hadedas in Ha Ha Hadeda and Hey! You!

 

 

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30 thoughts on “Casual Visitors

  1. blosslyn

    They are wonderful, fancy seeing them on your lawn, lucky you….now I wonder if their beaks are long enough it catch moles…..we have a mole problem at the moment. But they are lovely looking birds, never seen them before and I love LM’s reaction to them, just the same as Nancy’s 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’m sure these hadeda could catch moles, but fortunately, moles are not on their diet! I like moles to visit my lawn because they eat all the nasty bugs that are destroying it! 🙂

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      1. blosslyn

        The trouble is we have giant moles and and what with the rabbit holes, but then we use the mole hills to fill in the rabbit holes, everything has a reason 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hehe She’ll never catch these particular birds as they are very swift off the mark and can fly straight up in the air from a standing start 🙂

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  2. pensitivity101

    Interesting birds. I wonder if they are related to our curlews?
    We have a couple of egyptian ducks/geese on the marina at the moment, but people say they are both male, so not a breeding pair. they’ve visited all the time we’ve been here though.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, ‘Action’ is nearly 2 years old. 🙂 You were one of my first followers and have been with me all this time. (Thank you!) I remember you first commented on a photo of my dog TJ (that is my gravatar pic) and said “What a handsome chap.” 🙂
      I do love Hadedas, cos as you say, they remove bugs but do no damage to the lawn, unlike the dreadful Guinea Fowl!

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