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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, Ibis (family Threskiornithidae), 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-06 3:32
Viewed: 5486
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Bald Ibis
Geronticus calvus

2004 IUCN Red List justification
This species is classified as Vulnerable since it has a small population that may be declining. Rapid population declines are projected to occur in the future if current rates of habitat loss continue. Current estimate about 4000 birds in the wild.

78 cm. Large, glossy blue-black ibis. Adult has bald red head with white face. Long, red, decurved bill. Red legs and feet. Coppery patches on forewings. Wings long and elongated in flight, and beat rapidly in between gliding. Immature matt black, lacking any colour on head and bill. has chestnut head. Voice Distinctive, high-pitched, turkey-like keeaaw-klaup-klaup. Hints Gregarious. Forages in flocks of up to 50 individuals.

Range & population
Geronticus calvus is restricted to Lesotho, north-east South Africa and west Swaziland. The core range lies in the north-eastern Free State, Mpumalanga and the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg. It was widespread in the Eastern Cape until the early 20th century, and possibly bred historically in the Western and Northern Cape, but there is no evidence for range contraction elsewhere. In South Africa, there are over 1,500 breeding pairs at over 100 colonies, although 25% of the breeding population occurs at just five colonies. South African populations may have increased between the late 1960s and the early 1980s, but the Lesotho population may be declining. It has been suggested that 8,000-10,000 birds (including 2,000 breeding pairs) exist.

It prefers high rainfall (>700 mm p.a.), sour and alpine grasslands, characterised by an absence of trees and a short, dense grass sward. It also occurs in lightly wooded and relatively arid country. It forages preferentially on recently burned ground, also using unburnt natural grassland, cultivated pastures, reaped maize fields and ploughed areas. It has a varied diet, mainly consisting of insects and other terrestrial invertebrates. It has high nesting success on safe, undisturbed cliffs.

Threats include human interference with breeding colonies and habitat loss through commercial deforestation, intensive crop farming, open-cast mining, acid rain and dense human settlement. Pesticide contamination is a potential threat as is exploitation for traditional medicinal/ceremonial purposes in Lesotho. Several predatory bird species have been recorded raiding colonies for adults and young.

Species factsheet: Geronticus calvus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 4/6/2005

I have corrected my previous post which was incorrectly ID’d as the Southern Bald Ibis and it’s actually a Northern Bald Ibis a critically endangered species from Morocco. For those interested the updated post is here.

Comandante, coasties, dew77, JeanMichel, wideload, sAner, TAZ, Callie, marhowie, milloup, ellis49, red45, Luc, naki, Runnerduck, PDP, Lesley, Abadpour has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To milloup: May be....gerhardt 2 04-06 17:09
To naki: You are right...gerhardt 1 04-06 16:59
To japie: What do you mean... wrong team?gerhardt 1 04-06 11:02
To Callie: Thanx for the word...gerhardt 7 04-06 10:56
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Wonderful shot!
Details,sharpness,DOF and composition are great!

So awful! Brrrrrrrrrrr
You are so many wonderful things in Africa and you decided to post this ugly ... something ;-)))))

I'm joking :-) Great photo!

It look weird with no feathers at all on the head. The body plumage is a great range of colours. Can't say that is a pretty, other than pretty ugly! I hope it keeps a tube of sunscreen handy for it's bald head. Thanks Gerhard. Another top shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-06 4:10]

Superb,proffessional shot Gerhard!
Colors,details,sharpness,DOF and composition are wonderful!

I love birds, but what an awfull critter!
His name (bald and old) should warn us to start with :-). But, like great photographers, you come to show it on a nice way, very expressive, like if we were participating in his morning flea (I guess) cleaning. Very good feathers shades, specially well done despite the high sun. An appreciated rarity. Thanks for posting, Gerhard;

Great moment you have captured.
I like it very much.
Very well done!

Hy is sommer mooi van lelikgeid... I love the green on the wings. Comp is good, nice and sharp, and caught mid-action :)

Hy is pragtig

An unusual looking bird Gerhard.
Good colours and nicely composed with it forming a diagonal across the frame, well taken.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-06 6:20]

Exceptional good light and superb colors Gerhard! The pose is perfect and the composition is very good too. Details are razorsharp. A very nice picture. TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-06 6:59]

Belle et intéressante composition pour ce surprenant oiseau qui une tête bizarre. Jolies couleurs vives et bonne netteté.
Well made in South Africa ;-)

Beautiful Gerhard, excellent plumage colour. Glad about the other ibis, I was not to sure, so kept my mouth shut. This one is instantly regognsiable, bald cranium plate and all. A very nice note pose and if this is from the wet weekend, then I would smile if it was mine. Could not yet nail them in the wild.
PS, are we alowed to use Birdlife info - this will safe me mega typing?
Now, Joanna has got it all wrong - you could have posted me, and then the site would have to shut down!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-06 7:07]

Belle photo qui démontre bien le beau plumage de cet oiseau. Les ccouleurs et la pose sont parfaites.

Félicitations !!

Gerhard, Excellent sharpness and details..Like this pose as the ibis does some grooming..Great wing colors this bird has and you've captured them famously! Excellent note - Very well done!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-06 9:10]
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I am proud to sharing this contry with you, even though you shout for the wrong rugby team! This image bears testiment to your skill and dedication to nature. The sharpness is stunning ...... Everything is stunning!

Very well done and thanks for posting.

I once had a teacher with a honker about that length and colour ;-)))
Don't think he used for anything useful, though..
Great capture with very good details in the feathers, nice "action" capture, good POV and DOF.

Great shot Grerhard.
This is SO good, stunning colours on the wings.
Great sharpness, nice composition and a very ugly bird ;-)
Excellent work, my Friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-06 11:55]

Excellent, cute bird...but without head :-) Head is real ugly ;-))) I like composition. I almost feel the heat of this brown sand. Pose is amazing - looks like swiss army knife ;-) Great picture Gerhard!

Great shot, good sharpness, colours and POV. I just find the bush on BG a bit distracting.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-06 12:33]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Gerhard.
You have well done to update your note. Some people do not know they can update them anytime. And even they know it, they do not update them ;-(

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-06 15:58]
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Great light and great colors with efficiant sharpness. Very interesting looking bird. Similar to the almost extincting bald ibisses of Turkey. (Geronticus eremita)
Thanks for sharing.

Fantastic detail Gerhard. You have captured a great pose, an itch or grooming? The detail on the wings is incredibly sharp.
Well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-06 17:23]

SUPERBE. vraiment genial, c'est une supuperbe capture.
Very nice shot

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-06 17:32]

He is ummm.... not very "handsome" but the shot is great... Great DOF, sharpness and clarity. Well done, TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-06 17:41]

Great shot Gerhard. The pose is excellent and I'm sorry to say it's an ugly bird. I think you have made it look as good as anyone can! Lovely job.

Impressive shot Gerhard. Sometimes when I see something like this ibis, I end up shaking my head with disbelief at how strange some creatures can seem. With such lovely plumage, one would think the head would be evenly matched. Wonderful capture, ugly head, good colors. Congratulations and thank you.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-15 19:46]

What an unusual Ibis, Gerhard. Great detail in the plumage and I love how you got the irridescense of them. What puts this over the top is the eye contact he had nade with you even while preening.

Nice shot, excellent sharpness, amazing bird!

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