In this era of iPhones and iPads, watching these birds in the neighborhood (off Kanakapura Road, Bengaluru) was… iBliss!
Unlike other ibises in the region it is not very dependent on water and is often found in dry fields a good distance away from water.
The red-naped ibis is a large black bird with long legs and a long downcurved bill. The wing feathers and tail are black with blue-green gloss while the neck and body are brown and without gloss. A white patch on the shoulders stands out and the top of the featherless head is a patch of bright red warty skin. The warty patch, technically a caruncle, is a triangular patch with the apex at the crown and the base of the triangle behind the nape that develops in adult birds.~ wiki: The Red Naped jbjs
They seemed to be watching the traffic, reminiscent of the description in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
“Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash from point B to point A very fast.
People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what’s so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there, and what’s so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would just once and for all work out where the hell they wanted to be.”~ Hitchiker’s Guide