6 May 2020
The Ibis was considered to be a sacred bird representing wisdom and writing in Ancient Egypt. It is a wading bird which sticks it’s long, curved beak down into the river mud to catch shelled creatures to eat. When it does this, it almost looks like it is drawing or writing in the mud. This juvenile male glossy ibis was collected in Topsham. They live in wetland habitats and use their long curved beaks to probe for prey including small fish, crabs and frogs.