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Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Threskiornithidae (Ibises & Spoonbills) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-16 13:24
Viewed: 4049
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, SE Iraq and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. It has also been introduced into France, Italy, Spain and Australia.

The bird nests in tree colonies, often with other large wading birds such as herons. It builds a stick nest often in a Baobab.and lays 2-3 eggs.

The Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps. It feeds on various fish, frogs and other water creatures, as well as insects. An adult individual is 68 cm long with all-white body plumage apart from dark plumes on the rump. The bald head and neck, thick curved bill and legs are black. The white wings show a black rear border in flight. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have dirty white plumage, a smaller bill and some feathering on the neck.

This bird is usually silent, but occasionally makes some croaking noises.

The introduced and rapidly growing populations in southern Europe are seen as a potential problem, since these large predators can devastate breeding colonies of species such as terns. They also compete successfully for nest sites with Cattle and Little Egrets. The adaptable Ibises supplement their diet by feeding at rubbish tips, which helps them to survive the winter in these temperate regions.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-16 13:28]

Hello Willem,
What a great shot of this Sacred Ibis, you even can see a spot in the eye.
Great work with the reflection in the water.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-02-16 14:13]

Wow, this is amazing! I so wish I got the opportunity to see this bird. I really like this photo with the crop, the reflection and the sparkle in the eye. Very well done!

Thanks for sharing/Bengt

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-16 14:14]

Lovely capture, with good colours and details and an excellent composition.
Hugely appreciate the notes too1

Hi Wilem,

Well captured, with nice reflection. TFS



brilliant work here. its difficult to get a perfect exposure on black and white. you are actually spot on. the shadow and movement in water (ripples) adds that extra punch. not to mention the beautiful catch light. TFS!

Hallo Willem
This is a beautiful photo of an Ibis. Thank you for sharing, and introducing it to me. It was very interesting reading about this remarkable bird, and one cannot seem to think that a big bird like this is usually silent as per your notes.
Just come to show that the biggest animals donít always make the most noise. With us humans as well.
I like the mirror image in the water. As I said before, I am not a photographer myself, so pardon me if I am wrong, but it seemed like the sun was shining in the birds face at the time you took the photo. There is a blink (like direct sunlight) in the birdís eye that gave me that thought. Hope I am not making a fool of myself with that observation.
If I am wrong, at least I have the excuse that I am old, and don't know any better. (Ha-ha)
Kind regards

Well Willem, this Ibis is certainly a wading bird!
That glint in the eye tells me that this bird thinks it has to compete with you not for a nesting sight but for a fat fish! For surely you are not at the rubbish tip!

Nice simplicity of very realistic colours here. And of course that fluid reflection is a bonus. Thanx for staring down this bird and sharing the shot! Jay

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-20 11:13]
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Hi Willem

This guy gave you a great pose with the frontal facing body and the head turned to the side.

You did great work with the exposure and captured excellent contrasts from the early morning sun. This is where the shot really comes to its full right since we all know the difficulty in photographing objects that are both black & white. You show good details on either with no OE or UE visible. The reflections, the ripples on the water surface, and the catchlight in the eye all add some extra punch to the shot.

Very well done and TFS.

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