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Bostrychia hagedash

Bostrychia hagedash
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Africa I, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-23 9:00
Viewed: 8273
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hadeda Ibis
The Hadada or Hadeda Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash, is a large (up to 76 cm long), dark brown ibis with a white "moustache", glossy greenish purple wings, a large black bill with a red stripe on the upper mandible, and blackish legs.
The Hadada Ibis is found throughout open grasslands, savanna and rainforests of Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, Gabon, Zaire, Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa, and also in urban parks and large gardens. It feeds mainly on earthworms, using its long scimitar-like bill to probe soft soil. It also eats larger insects, such as the Parktown Prawn, as well as spiders and small lizards. These birds also favour snails and will feed in garden beds around residential homes.
It has a distinctively loud and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call that is often heard when the birds are flying or are startled, hence the name.

Information source

Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 16,000,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

BirdLife International 2008. Bostrychia hagedash. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 23 January 2009.

This photo is taken in the lake Bunyonyi, Kabale district, Uganda. Cropped format.

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Tv 1/25
Av 5.6
ISO 200
Focal 260.0 mm

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-23 9:50]

Hello Ferran,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful Ibis that I've not seen before! Excellent close-up showng interesting markings in beautiful colours. Very sharp and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

amazing bird, greetings Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-23 10:37]

Hello Ferran,
Great compositon and a great contrast against the BG. Beautiful colours in the feathers with sharp details.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ferran
beautiful colours
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-23 12:10]

Hi Ferran. What a fine looking bird this Hadeda Ibis is. You have taken a fine close up showing good detail and colours. in the feathers.. Well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-23 12:23]

Hello Ferran,
Not easy to come so close to a Hadeda Ibis. Great sharp details and very beautiful clear colours. Excellent low POV and composition.

what a great shot of a very beautiful species !
wonderful composition with nice colours , perfect light and sharp,fine details and good DOF ,

Hi Ferran, what a beauty:) A clourful ibis which is novelty for me. You captured it expertly with grat clarity and nice composition.
TFS. Have a nice weekend MF!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-23 14:40]

Hi Ferran,

You are introducing me to another bird for the first time. The colors of this Ibis are beautiful - I love the deep pink and the aqua. Wonderful details of the entire bird. A wonderful shot in a lovely setting.


hello Ferran

another excellent photography of an African Bird,
shot with fine POV and framing, i love that you leaved a good
space in-front of the bird, sharpness and details are excellent,



hello ferran
this ibis is very beautiful with his metalic colored wings
great pose and blurred BG
have a good week-end

Hello Ferran

A beautiful capture of this Ibis.
The plumage detail and colour are excellent.
Wonderful POV for this.
The ibis is well placed in the frame.


Hi Ferran,
Excellent capture of Hadeda Ibis; great POV, composition, sharp fine details, excellent colours. I did a workshop hope you don't mind.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 19:17]

Hello Ferran,
Splendid image of this Ibis with incredible colors, great work Ferran, thank you.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-24 0:15]

Hi Ferran,
Beautiful image.Sharp,clear and well composed.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Ferran,

Thanks for showing us this bird that I have never seen before. Perfect framing in this very sharp image. Well exposed and pleasing composition.

TFS and best regards.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-24 3:06]

Hi Ferran,
just lovely just lovely. excellent colours well presented in an elegance mood and composition.
The relaxed bird is so beautiful and captivating.
Congratulations on all your splendid shot.


Hello Ferran,
Superb capture of this beautiful Ibis
Excellent focus with sharp details on the feathers

Hola Ferran.

Buena captura de un Ibis, rara avis por lo menos para mi, se parece a un gran pavo con pico de cigueña.

Jose Luis.

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