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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: 2010-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-14 8:35
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African Sacred Ibis

It 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.

It has also been introduced into France, Italy, Spain, and the United States (S. Florida).

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.

Image taken just before Sunset in RAW, ISO640, Aperture priority mode and Spot Metering System.

CeltickRanger, maaciejka, KOMSIS, siggi, marius-secan, flashpoint, maurydv, horia, rousettus, tuslaw, goutham_ramesh, soccer, Emi_1987 has marked this note useful
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Hi George, my neighbour today!
This bird looks like a big aircraft :) Amazing light reflections. Sharpness and composition are perfect!

Hello George,

You have got the birds wing open perfectly well to display the beauty of nature & the lighting is very special.TFS

hello George

AOUTCH ! what a stunning in-flight photo shot
at the day's best moment because of the sun's
light and color tones coming to the bird's wings,
fine POV and framing, i also love the bird's
flight pose with his wings wide open,
superbly focused with great sharpness details,

TFS alot


Hello George friend,
There are no words! ... you photographed a miracle ... God put this bird in the sky and you've photographed! Congratulations ... The image has a ipressive elegance!
Have a nice weekend, thanks for sharing MF!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-14 9:41]

Hi George,
Light and the bird's wings is amazing.!
A nice capture of these beautiful African Sacred Ibis. Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Best wishes,

An amazing photograph. Great in every way. thanks for sharing, Yiannis

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2011-01-14 10:15]

one of the best pictures I have seen in TN !!!!
This is a real beauty !!
Hats off to this picture :)


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-14 10:30]

Hello George,
The light in this photo is amazing. Fabulous colour tones. Together with the superb composition its a little masterpiece.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-14 11:17]

Hello George.
Beautiful and interesting action shot for this superb Ibis in flight. Composition, colors and sharpness are superb. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Goerge. A real masterpiece! Useless any othe word. TFS.


Hello George,
Splendid capture with nice composition and outstanding colors before Sunset.
Fantastic light and perfect way to used it. The wings are superb light up by the sun and and gives to the feders a splendid colour.
Congratulation for this first class composition!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-14 12:40]

This is a wonderful pic and a fanastic surprise.How you play well whit the sunset light to warm the colors and to create this incredible effect.Super sharpness and timing,my greats compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-14 13:04]

Hi George,
wonderful composition, especially liked the light.
Very nice clarity and colors.
Congratulations and best regards ..

Ciao George, fantastic light on a superb Ibis, great in-flight capture, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello George,

Well captured, excellent tone and beautiful bird!
You clearly catch the bird that expanded the wing.
It is impressive that the wing compared with the evening sun has reddened and the outside frame of the wing is black.


Hello George,
This is in one word beautiful - the colours, the aerodynamic shape of the bird so spendidly displayed and the diagonal placing. Excellent!!! Thank you for sharing.

Hi George,

Another masterpiece in the form of this beautifu Ibis in flight. The effect of sunset light has come out very well on the wings. The wings have very fine details.

Thank you for sharing.


The lighting here is fantastic! So is composition and sharpness. Great shot!

Hallo George,
a fantastic capture of the African Sacred Ibis in-flight, marvellous warm colour, fine detail on the plumage of the open wings, excellent POV and diagonal composition
Best regards

Hi George
Beautiful photo with impressive lighting. The colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Dear friend George,
As usully yours photos are superbs ! This splendid bird show us how you are a great artist ! I loved the colors, sharpness and composition! It´s perfect dans mon modest point of vision.
Congratulations and many thanks for sharing.
Nice w-end ,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2011-01-15 14:04]

Hi George

This is truly a lovely capture, from many points of view.
Firstly, i really like the graceful pose in which you captured this beautiful ibis.
Secondly, the sharpness is excellent and the composition works really well, especially with the subject placed there in the frame.
And third, and actually most of all, i love the low warm light on the bird. That bright patch on its "shoulder" and especially the tint in its wings really turn this ibis into a phoenix.
Absolutely magnificent timing and great execution.

Bravo and TFS

Hello George,
Wonderful image captured in warm sunset light with good details, great sharpness and excellent composition. Well done!

Hello George,
This ibis is not a native bird of Turkiye. But my some friends took photographs it at the end of 2010 near Istanbul. I'd like to see it in nature too. I hope in future.
you are lucky not only for seeing it, but also for taking with a great shot. it looks like a airplain. focus, POV and white balance great. sun light shows it more pretty. nicely composed and presented with good notes.
thanks for sharing.
have a good night and nice weekend my friend

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-15 19:50]

Hello George,
The backlighting in this shot is simply stunning. Exceptional detail shown in each feather, and what a big wingspan this bird seems to possess. Gorgeous colors and just the right exposure. Reminds me somewhat of a Sandhill Crane. Well done!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-15 22:04]
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Hello George,
this is a real stunner! How I would imagine to have the ability to capture this exciting moment with every aspect of photography so pleasant and perfect. This in-flight is so elegance and the colours are very lively, with the tone and hues, excellent soft blue sky as background.
The diagonal positioning is very effective in designing a purely graphical style. You have really prove yourself to be a good photographer and personally I would so so.
Well done and well presented shot with flying colours.


Hellow George,
A magnificent image well taken with pinsharpness and great exposure and details, well captured.

Lovely details , golden lighting , diagonal composition and a little directional space makes this a pleasant picture to watch.
The wing pattern is amazing. What make you go for this close square format (Aspect Ratio)?.. Personally i feel 16:9 of 4:3 is a better choice for such kind of pictures... well its a personal choice and nothing to do with this good picture

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-16 22:10]


Marvellous POV and lighting. I like the detail and clarity in the action image. You did very well to freeze the action and compose it so well. The clear sky BG also adds to the quality of the posting.

Hello George
Another great photo of this beautiful bird, excellent details and colors. Job very well done!
Regards Hedesan

Dear George,
This photo is really impressive; the colours, the light conditions and the composition are perfect. The bird reminds me of an airliner. Very well done! Best wishes, Pambos

Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness, erodotos

Hi George,
I love the pink and transparency in the wings.
Beside the lovelyness of the shot, this shot is also a perfect description of the pattern of renewal of feathers. The 4 growing feathers are spotted immediatly thanks to the black endings. This clearly demonstrates the precise timing of the growth, as same feathers grows at same spots and same speed of both sides.

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