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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: 2014-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-09-29 7:24
Viewed: 1549
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday morning we took a bike ride. We were less than a kilometre on the road from our house when I suddenly saw a Sacred Ibis along a ditch, surely lost. During fishing he came closer and closer. So he gave me the opportunity to make a lot of photos. In the workshop a few other photos.
No idea where he was coming from.

The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of ibis. Its sister species is the Australian White Ibis.

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, unlike its vocal relative, the Hadada ibis.

Habitat and distribution
A wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, the sacred ibis breeds in Sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Iraq, and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps.

The bird nests in tree colonies, often with other large wading birds such as herons. It builds a stick nest often in a baobab tree and lays two or three eggs.

It feeds on various fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles and smaller birds as well as insects. It may also probe into the soil with its long bill for invertebrates such as earthworms.

As an introduced species
The African Sacred Ibis has been introduced into France, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States (south Florida).
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.

The African Sacred Ibis is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
super om deze te vinden zo bij huis
pracht plaatjes heb je meteen gemaakt
komt hij niet uit jouw park ,is toch wel dicht bij
leuke ontmoeting
gr lou

Hello Peter,
Like the title: "LOST". In other words: It walked right into your lap!!!
Great piece of photography work.
As usual, detailed and highly educative notes.
Regards from Mario in Canada.
P.S. Both W/S ed images are beautiful.

Hello Peter- Beautiful species this "Sacred Ibis". I saw this species in South Africa, but was so far. Well captured in your area. Details on facial portion is really attractive. Quite well managed harsh light which was on its back. I like the way your captured its eye, which is not an easy task when it's totally black. I like its natural habitat too, as well as Useful NOTE. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Hello Peter,
a very interesting series of shots,the Ibis is nicely exposed,not always easy with black and white birds with the water droplets a big plus.
Warm regards Les.

Hello Peter,
The details of this image are great. As I see you post a splendid specie with lovely feathers. Excellent contrast and fantastic sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful ambientation, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
Ongelooflik dat hierdie voŽl so ver buite sy habitat voorkom. En wat 'n uitstaande foto. 'n Wetenskaplike verklaring word benodig en ek hoop dat jy dit hier sal byvoeg sodra die kenners dit aan jou verduidelik het. Goed waargeneem en welgedaan!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6510 W: 89 N: 15620] (65343)
  • [2014-09-29 15:52]

Hi Peter,a very lucky meeting with this lost ibis,and very friendly too as i read in your note,the pics are a great and complete work about this specie and what it were doing,perfect quality as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

A fairly big bird with contrasting black and white colours on it, Peter.
Very nice image in which the bird looks beautiful in the marshy looking habitat near your home.
Thanks and regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2014-10-01 8:15]

Hallo Peter,
Perfect shot ..
Very good photo of this Ibis, natural colors and very fine details.
Best wishes,

Ciao Peter. Very good contrast and management of colours despite the difficult light. Top details and sharp.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-10-01 17:52]

Hello Peter,
You were very fortunate to have captured this bird so close to home. It gave you some really nice poses, I especially like the one where it has caught a fish.
A very stout looking bird with beautiful black and white coloration. I would bet that there are not many birds that would push this guy around. It looks like it would be the boss in any situation. Great shot!!

An excellent closeup capture of this ibis in the habitat.Excellent freez of the falling water droplets from it's mouth.

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