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Scarlet Ibis


Scarlet Ibis
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 1 N: 54] (272)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200mm VR, Heliopan UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ibis (family Threskiornithidae) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-24 3:54
Viewed: 4104
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The scarlet ibis is one of the most striking sights in the world of birds, flying, feeding and nesting in large groups. Some birds, especially those in the tropics, stay in the same general area throughout life. The scarlet ibis is a vivid scarlet bird - the feathers being colored through the synthesis of carotene present in some of their food (Fiddler and Aratus crabs, shrimp, algae and aquatic insects). Its curved sensitive bill is used to search for food, mainly small animals in the mud along the coast. This species is native to northeastern South America, but has been introduced to Florida. This is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago, where they are also naturally found. The males and females follow an elaborate courting ritual and usually pair for life - in captivity they live as long as 18 years!

This one is found in the birdhouse of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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Nice work Ken. A bit dark and the framing needs some cropping. I have uploaded a workshop with details of what I did. Good work. Thanks

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