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Arabian leopard and rough collie will come later today.
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Australian White Ibis as Totem
prints available here

TOTEM MEANINGS – Wanted or Unwanted?

Trash and treasure, a connection to Thoth and the sacred ibis, harsh truths, wanted or unwanted?, paradox, deciding what is valuable and invaluable, probing your current situation for wisdom or more nourishment, a connection to the moon and night, unintentionally repelling others from your side, finding preciousness in what others discard, a connection to water and wetlands energy, water wights and deities, becoming increasingly bold and gregarious with time.


The Australian white ibis (dump chook, tip turkey, sheep-bird, Mardungurra (Yindjibarndi), sacred ibis) is a wading waterbird found across a lot of Australia. They prefer to live in open grassland, marshland, farmland, wetlands and frequent parks and rubbish dumps. They have become increasingly common in urban areas, especially in the Eastern states. They have a bald head and neck. The plumage is white, but can become stained. They have a distinct unpleasant, distinct, foul odour. They are sexually mature at three years, and can live for up to 28 years. They form V-shaped flocks when flying in groups.

They call by emitting long, drawn-out croaks. They nest in trees near bodies of water, and often nest near other waterbirds like egrets, herons, cormorants and spoonbills. They primarily feed on crayfish, mussels (which they open by striking on a hard surface), fish, frogs, other aquatic creatures, insects and garbage. Despite disappearing in natural breeding areas, they have been culled in some areas due to their smell and intrusive nature. Recent debates have begun over whether the Australian white ibis is a pest because of its encroachment on public spaces, or if it is Endangered because it no longer breeds in many of its traditional areas. Australian white ibises that have become very habituated to humans will actually snatch food from people.

Australian Magpie as Totem
prints available here

Read the full totem essay of Australian Magpie as totem here at Wildspeak

Date: 2012-05-19 03:07 am (UTC)
outlineofash: Close-up of an eye with a rainbow-colored iris and glittery eye shadow. (Frog)
From: [personal profile] outlineofash
Ibis as Totem is so, so gorgeous. I love the scattering of stars among the spirals.

Date: 2012-05-19 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverjackal
While the magpie colouration is glorious (I really like the combination of garnet and green, though I wouldn't have guessed that would appeal to me previously if asked!) I am completely taken with the Ibis. I love the gloss, the look in its' eye, and the stars shining in the sky. The energy spiral also whispers of the Bennu bird (the Egyptian equivalent of the Phoenix, though the original species is lamentably extinct).

Edited to add: This is completely unrelated, but I thought you might find it interesting. Look at the startling transformation some sable GSD pups go through. Heh. I frankly find the orange puppy phase unappealing, and then baboom! Attractive adult dog! :D
Edited Date: 2012-05-19 03:12 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-19 03:36 am (UTC)
white_rabbit: (Katara - Happy)
From: [personal profile] white_rabbit
Definitely still in love with Australian White Ibis. :) So I will just be here, drawing little hearts in the air. <3

Date: 2012-05-19 04:28 am (UTC)
paleo: Spotted Hyena as Totem (Spotted Hyena)
From: [personal profile] paleo
Magpie's color choices surprised me but they are so lovely and for some reason seem to radiate a sort of healing energy. I don't think you've ever done clouds in your totem art before, but I think they work so well with Ibis.

Date: 2012-05-19 05:28 am (UTC)
tree: a figure clothed in or emerging from bark (Default)
From: [personal profile] tree
magpie is beautiful. i'm glad you chose strong colours for that one. i don't know why, they just seem to fit.

Date: 2012-05-19 07:53 am (UTC)
avia: Text: "feel infinite with me". (feel infinite with me)
From: [personal profile] avia
Really love the background of the ibis. It feels like flying in a fantasy sky, the magic of day and night and sunset all mixed.

I have love of Ibis too, because Thoth is one of my beloved gods~

Date: 2012-05-19 11:52 pm (UTC)
azhure: (Default)
From: [personal profile] azhure
I just don't have enough words for how amazing these are. *squish*

Date: 2012-05-20 04:41 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
These are gorgeous. I've never been drawn to any of the Ibis varieties before, but this one really gets to me. There's a sense of hidden knowledge there...

Date: 2012-05-21 02:36 pm (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
That they do!

Date: 2012-05-20 06:04 am (UTC)
kath_ballantyne: Circle that is half Captain America's Shield and half Winter Soldier Star and lines representing the metal arm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
I love these.
I love the clouds. They are gorgeous.

The magpie is fantastic. I do love them.


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