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Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis
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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: 2017-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-08 2:03
Viewed: 351
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of 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.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-08 9:40]


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-08 14:46]

Hi Peter,wonderful capture of this ibis cleaning the plumage,great timing and impressive quality of sharpness in the best exposure. Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
This is a interesting specie of Ibis. I like his white feathers...
Good details and focus.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-09 3:52]

Dag Peter,

Aparte pose. Hij is over duidelijk met z'n verenkleed bezig. Mooie details in de veren.
Ook de achtergrond is mooi. Goede kleur en lekker rustig.


Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic ibis in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

You have captured well the action of the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the African Sacred Ibis. There is a good contrast between the colours of the picture. Have a nice day.


Hello Peter,
Too common in our area, so couldn't get chance to capture and post this species 🙄. Well captured. Perfect background and details. Well exposure on white feathers.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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