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Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis
Photo Information
Copyright: Anton Prinsloo (Anton) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100 with MB-D100, AF-S Nikkor VR 200-400mm F/4 G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-16 14:43
Viewed: 6020
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Glossy Ibis can be found in a variety of wetlands including marshes, estuaries, coastal bays, flooded fields and swamps.

The Glossy Ibis is a small, slender ibis with a long curved bill. Adult Glossy Ibises are about 20 inches tall with a wingspan of about three feet. The head, neck, back and underparts are a rich chestnut-brown. The wings are black with a metallic green sheen on the 'shoulders'. There is white stripe from the base of the bill to above the eye. The bill, legs and feet are greenish-brown.

The long, down-curved bill of the Glossy Ibis is a handy tool, used to probe shallow waters for crayfish, crabs, insects, and snakes. This ibis almost always nests in colonies with herons and other large wading birds.

The glossy ibis lays three or four eggs in a nest of twigs and sticks. The nests are usually built in trees or bushes but are sometimes built on the ground. They build their nests in colonies that include the nests of other ibises as well as the nests of other species like egrets and herons. Occasionally, the glossy ibis will use an abandoned snowy egret nest. The glossy ibis is very territorial during nesting.

The eggs take about three weeks to hatch. The female and male incubate the egg, but the female does most of the work. Both parents feed the chicks. The chicks fledge in about a month. They leave the nest and start to forage for food with their parents when they are two months old.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-16 15:00]

Hey Anton,
great shot of this Ibis,
good strong composition and details,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • akb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 4] (243)
  • [2006-09-16 15:06]

very very good shot photo.

great ! thanks Ori

Interesting shot of the glossy ibis.

Hi Anton

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-17 3:45]

Excellent action shot - I love the movement in this shot - the bird shaking his wings, the ripples on the water, the stepping forward. Very sharp and great colours.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Anton,
Excellent shot, the colour and detail are just great and you have got the DOF just right. I love the pose.
Well done

Hello Anton, welcome back!
Nice shot of this ibis.
Good pose, colors and details.
Excellent notes.


I was just passing by before turning my computer off. Then I see on the gallery, some kind of a strange heron that I have never seen before. This is very well done! Good action catch, very sharp details and interesting notes. Thanks for posting; regards,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-17 7:37]

Bonjour Anton!

Félicitations pour l'action de l'oiseau et les détails du plumage. J'aime bien cet oiseau.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-09-17 11:07]

What a great capture this is! Wonderful shot.


Ciao Anton. Hai avuto molta fortuna. L'immagine è nitida e mostra tutti i dettagli anche per il riconoscimento della specie.

I've tried several times to photograph an IBIS because of its dazzling plumage & could NEVER get it right.
YOU MADE IT, my friend. Well composed, balanced & focused perfectly. Congratulations with applause.!!!
Hope to see more of you. Shall add you to my Favs.
Loved your notes.
Best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-06 11:45]

Hi Anton,

A great shot of this ibis,very sharp and detailed,I like the brown colors of the ibis in this compo,well done and TFS


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