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northern bald ibis

northern bald ibis
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 6D, Canon EF200 f/2.8L USM II
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-08 12:29
Viewed: 2093
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The northern bald ibis, hermit ibis, or waldrapp is a migratory bird found in barren, semi-desert or rocky habitats, often close to running water. This 7080 cm (2831 in) glossy black ibis, which, unlike other members of the ibis family, is non-wading, has an unfeathered red face and head, and a long, curved red bill. It breeds colonially on coastal or mountain cliff ledges, where it typically lays two to three eggs in a stick nest, and feeds on lizards, insects, and other small animals.
The northern bald ibis was once widespread across the Middle East, northern Africa, southern and central Europe, with a fossil record dating back at least 1.8 million years. It disappeared from Europe over 300 years ago, and is now considered critically endangered. Image taken in Jhb Zoo.

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Ciao George, great capture of fantastic bird, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello George - Excellent Work. The way you have isolated the subject from BG, is really nice. I saw this Bald Ibis twice in Orpen, but was very far. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Regards - Srikumar

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-10-09 9:10]

H George,

Very interesting and unusual bird. Excellent capture with vivid colors, fine details, and great lighting.



Not the cutest bird in the world! Good light on the metallic plumage and excellent sharpness on the head. Maybe a smaller aperture would have brought more of the body in focus.

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