Endangered bird drops in to forage at Lismore
FEW people would recognise a jabiru if they stumbled upon one feeding in a swampy wetland.
Fewer still would recognise one flying high above them.
But Lismore resident Paul Griffin spotted one as he was riding his motorbike along the Bruxner Hwy last Friday morning.
"I saw it flying overhead. It looks skeletal in the sky, with its legs stretched out the back," he said.
The jabiru is an endangered species that lives predominantly in the far north of Australia, but does migrate as far south as the Central Coast of NSW.
Paul, who described himself as an avid birdwatcher, turned his motorbike around and raced home to get his camera.
"I saw it spiralling down downwards," he said.
The bird, a male, landed on the highway side of Lismore Lake, opposite the airport.
"It was hunting for insects in the weeds," Paul said as he approached stealthily with his camera.
"It's a spectacular looking bird. I've never seen one in Lismore before."