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Southern Bald Ibis

Southern Bald Ibis
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-18 7:26
Viewed: 3252
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken on the hottest day of the last few years. A lot of birds in Weltvogelpark Walsrode were suffering. So did this Southern Bald Ibis. Therefore this pose.

The Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) is a large bird (79 cm) found in open grassland or semi-desert in the mountains of southern Africa.

This large, glossy, blue-black ibis has an unfeathered red face and head, and a long, decurved red bill. It breeds colonially on and amongst rocks and on cliffs, laying 2-3 eggs which are incubated for 21 days before hatching. It feeds on insects, small reptiles, rodents and small birds.

The ibises are gregarious long-legged wading birds with long down-curved bills; they form one subfamily of the Threskiornithidae, the other subfamily being the spoonbills. The two Geronticus species differ from other ibises in that they have unfeathered faces and heads, breed on cliffs rather than in trees, and prefer arid habitats to the wetlands used by their relatives.

Uncommon to locally common resident.

Sometimes makes a high-pitched ‘keeauw-klaup-klaup’.

Sources: Birds of Southern Africa (Newman’s); Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-18 7:30]

Hi Peter,this is really fantastic,one of your best bird's pics,no doubt.A spectacular wings position and a very impressive light management,bright details and beautiful colors,magnificent blue reflections on the plumage!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Peter
This is a image that has lots of attraction to it. It seems as if this Southern Bald Ibis is really enjoying the sun. The hot sunlight also aid to highlight the beautiful colours in its feathers to the best, and how beautiful they are! Such a striking image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Peter,

A great capture with beautiful sharp details, coloration & POV. Very nicely done & TFS.



Hello Peter
a marvelous picture of this Southern Bald Ibis with great clarity, composition and colour.
with best wishes,

wow! what a pose! :)
then comes the flying kiss to the audience... ha ha ha... nicely captured mood, Peter.
nice bird!

Hello Peter,
Wonderful image with perfect details, focus and exposure. It is a great capture of a very interesting bird. Impressive colors and very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,
A beautiful pose from this bald ibis. You did great job in sharing this natural behavior. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Peter,
Wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful birds with in superb colours and sharpness details,great lighting.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-18 9:24]

Hi Peter.
I have not met and have not seen this beautiful species. Its colouration as well as its reproduction on the image are superb. Grey ground and green vegetation create a fine surroundings and underline all beauties of the bird perfectly. With compliments,

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic ibis in superb pose, lovely details, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter. Great taken for the Ibis in spectacular pose! Magnificent brilliant metallic colour and very good details.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-18 11:30]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this Southern Bald Ibis . Great details and beautiful light and colours. Very nicely composed too.Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
Mooie opnamevan deze zonaanbidder ,super scherp en mooie details
De kleuren zijn super mooi
Bedankt groet lou

Hello Peter,
Beautiful photo of this Southern Bald Ibis, splendid lights and beautiful colorful details, TFS!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-18 12:33]

Hi Peter,

Another beautiful photo. Once again, I don't know much about birds, so this is new to me, never seen this type before. Beautiful photo quality as always and thanks for useful not to go with it.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-04-18 12:51]

Hi Peter!
What a great capture! The pose of the bird is simply fantastic! Perfect sharpness and supber details of the plumage. Excellent blurred BG and splendid lighting.
Very well done.
ciao! vanda

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-04-18 13:52]

Hi Peter
brilliant how you can see the 2 generations of feather

You state; A lot of birds in Weltvogelpark Walsrode were suffering. So did this Southern Bald Ibis. Therefore this pose.

?? they always pose like this..maybe not the open beak..is that what you meant? Glorious blue/black captured..and such a red red beak, unlike ours here in the states. Amazing photo

Hello Peter
Very dramatic picture.Sharp and clear,wonderful colours and lighting.
Thank You,
Kind regards

Hello Peter.
This is a fine capture exhibiting the full spreading wings. Details of the feather is vivid with sharpness all around the bird. Lovely composition under well exposed lighting.

Hello Peter

WOW ! with this pose that he took and that
wonderful eye-contact with you it is like
this bird wanted to pose for you !
great timing to have shot this photo,
that pose it brings dynamism to the image
and that wonderful eye-contact it brings charm,



Hello Peter
Another interesting bird and another beautiful photo with good composition and good sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic.

Hello Peter,
great capture of this Ibis with fine sharpness and lovely details like all the feathers on the opened wings. I especially like the metallic glance on the bird, the beautiful colours and your well chosen POV. Congratulations.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-20 1:56]

Hello Peter,
Interesting pose! It seems that you disturbed him:-) . Even birds suffer of heat, I don't like it either.
Pleasant horizontal composition and beautiful blue shades on the plumage.
Thanks also for the note.
Kind regards

Un documento diferente y bello de un ave que ya quisiéramos tener por aquí.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Peter,
Great image for a midday shot my friend. Good clarity and detail. Beautiful sun reflections on the plumage and a great POV and DOF.
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-25 8:40]

Hello Peter,
A nice capture of the Southern Bald Ibis trying to cool off.
Nice POV and natural colours and a good eye contact.
Thanks and best regards,

Hola Peter, que interesante y hermosa esta foto, no conocía la especie, bien congelada en la toma...saludos.

Hello Peter,
What a nice display!an outstanding sharpness and details of plumage,lovely natural colours and a beautiful composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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