It came as quite a surprise to me this morning, when I was checking over the local bird sightings and saw that a probable Glossy Ibis had been reported at the West Perth Wetlands last night. Due to my unpredictable schedule, it rarely works to travel too far after rare sightings. However something so close to home was hard to pass up and by 5:30 PM, my nephew and I were headed into Mitchell to check things out. I had been monitoring reports over the course of the day and the bird was being seen again today. By this time, others had determined it to be a juvenile Glossy Ibis as opposed to the similar looking White-Faced Ibis.
We arrived at the wetlands not long after 6:00 and immediately noticed someone scanning the first cell through the scope. It was Dave Szmyr who had stopped by the wetlands for the first time to search for the bird. He informed us that it had been flushed up only moments before, but had gone down somewhere along the edge out of sight. We were soon joined by others and the group of us scanned the water. Suddenly we were alerted to something flying over head. It was our target bird, but there were only brief views as it landed again out of sight at the other side of the cell.
The others had already gotten good views so they left and my nephew and I wandered around the other side to try and see it closer. It was very cooperative and let us get good unobstructed views.