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African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 6:52
Viewed: 3330
Points: 44
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Identified correctly by Ivan ( Argus ). Many Thanks Ivan!!
African Sacred Ibis


1. Sacred ibis live in large colonies near waterways throughout Africa.

2. Ibises have curved, slender bills that they use to probe into shallow water, mud or grass when foraging.

3. This is a gregarious bird, living, traveling, and breeding in flocks. In flight, ibises form diagonal lines or v-formations. This formation decreases wind resistance for trailing birds. When the leader of the pack tires, it falls to the back of the formation and another ibis takes its place at the front.

4. Ibises are rather quiet birds, only grunting or a croaking on breeding grounds.

5. In ancient Egyptian societies, the sacred ibis was worshipped as the god Thoth and was supposed to preserve the country from plagues and serpents. The birds were often mummified and then buried with pharaohs.

6. Both the male and female take turns in guarding the nest site until the chicks are large enough to defend themselves. In addition, both parents help feed the chicks.

7. Ibises are an ancient species with fossil records going back 60 million years.

Image taken after sunrise in RAW format at ISO200

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Hello George,

we are neighbours today.
You have been presented another nice birdphoto with good low pov, sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


Ciao George, great capture of lovely Ibis in a wonderful ambientation, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 7:07]
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Hello George,
A superb sharp capture of the Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aetheiopicus). The features are shown from a great lateral POV in fine lighting and with natural colours against a pleasing BG.
There are some relatively minor differences between this species and the Australian Ibis but most differences are genetical.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-13 7:29]

Hello George,
Indeed, this is a beautiful example of a Sacred Ibis, a common resident bird in your country. It stands in beautiful light. Good sharpness, details and a great DOF with a very nice coloured BG. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello George,
Certainly, there is not a macro of an insect! ... But equally, this photo should be applauded! ha ha ha! :) ... The photo has a great deep , and as always you've put a "extra element" that this time is blue water background nicely blurred. By the way, żis the natural blue of the water? ... the color is deliciously intense! And teh bird, well, better umpossible! we can see each detail perfectly! I'm glad Ivan (Argus) helped you with the final identificatio!... Ivan seem know about each species shoted in TN! :)
Well done MF!
Regards, TFS

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-13 9:03]

Hello George
Superb composition, colors and great details
Thanks for sharing

Ciao George. Fantastic coloured environment wit stunning detaisland DOF for the Ibis, Perfect light's managament.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-13 10:39]

Splendid photo, interesting species, TFS!

hello George
great shot
beautiful colours
fine details

ciao George!
splendid and vivid portrait of african sacred ibis,caught with a blue environment that enhances the details of this bird
excellent management of light and exposure
thanks sERGIO

Hola George

Preciosa composición de este ave, con el fondo del agua azul. Un punto de vista excelente, y gran nitidez en el ave. Una imagen realmente magnifica.

PD. Gracias por tu comentario, y por supuesto reconozco lo que es un cumplido y te lo agradezco.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi George
Good Full size portrait of an African Sacred Ibis.

I am not going to start a lengthy discussion about the over saturated colour of the Atlantic - which looks more like the image of an Indian Ocean at mid-day - because we have agreed that you and I disagree about colours/touch up (like the photo of a woman should not have edited out the wrinkles :-))

Talking about time of the day, how come the details of your photo do not appear under "photo information"? If you have a look at e.g. Anne's photos you see among other info the time of the day the photo was taken.

This is rather important when judging a photo, I think...

Mine do not show it either, because I do not store my photos in the original format in which the image was taken.

The reason why I looked for this info is the discrepancy of the sun shining on the Ibis' face but not on the legs - and I wondered which time of the day, how high/low the sun was...

Have a nice evening

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-13 14:41]

Only my beat compliments for this new fantastic and interesting pic,this is pure art my friend,and what a spectacular background too!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hello George,
another fantastic capture of this bird, colors, details and light incredible. Excellent picture. Regards, Paolo

hello George

an excellent photo of the African Sacred Ibis shot with
a very fine at its level and the framing with leaving
a good space in-front, superb focus sharpness and
details with also great contrast, TFS


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-10-14 18:58]

Hi George , wow this is quite a nice image of this Ibis , great clarity with good light , the foreground really pops out against this nice blue background. interesting notes too...

TFS & regards

nice-sharp portrait, TFS Ori

Bonjour George,
Trčs belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Kuşun doldurulmuş gibi bir hali var. Avcılar derneğinden ödünç mü aldın?

Ciao Giargio intanto ti ringrazzio della condivisione.Splendida foto di Idis la Composizione colori, dettagli Ottimi GRANDE.
Ciao Marco.

Buen manejo de la luz... la captura de esa cabeza lo demuestra !

Excelente trabajo George.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-18 20:03]
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Hello George,
A great shot of this unusual looking bird. We have nothing here in Ohio to compare to this guy except possibly the Sandhill Crane.
The colors of the head and bill are so much alike that it's really hard to tell when the bill ends and the head begins. You managed to capture excellent detail and vivid colors in this nicely composed image. Interesting notes. Well done!!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-10-27 17:56]

The Ibis stand out very well from the out of focus background.
Accurate point of view and contrast. Well composed.

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