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~Australian White Ibis~

~Australian White Ibis~
Photo Information
Copyright: Tina Sieben (gypsygirl58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 19:44
Viewed: 3752
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo whilst visiting my mum in a suburb of Adelaide which backs onto Linear Park. I know this photo isn't very close but I was limited with the lens I have, I liked the way the Ibis were in various stages of landing and walking. One day I hope to be able to get a much closer image of one of these very lovely birds! I was lucky enough to capture on of them in this image with its wings partly outstretched!

Australian White Ibis
Threskiornis molucca
The Australian White Ibis is identified by its almost entirely white body plumage and black head and neck. The head is featherless and its black bill is long and down-curved. During the breeding season the small patch of skin on the under-surface of the wing changes from dull pink to dark scarlet. Adult birds have a tuft of cream plumes on the base of the neck. Birds measure 69 - 76 cm. Females differ from males by being slightly smaller, with shorter bills. Young birds are similar to adults, but have the neck covered with black feathers. In flight, flocks of Australian White Ibis form distinctive V-shaped flight patterns.
Another common name for this bird is Sacred Ibis, but this more appropriately refers to a closely related African species.

Distribution and Habitat
The Australian White Ibis can be observed in all but the driest habitats. It is common and widespread in northern and eastern Australia, and an isolated region of south-western Australia, but is absent from Tasmania. Preferred habitats include swamps, lagoons, floodplains and grasslands, but it has also become a successful inhabitant of urban parks and gardens.

Food and feeding
The range of food includes both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and human scraps. The most favoured foods are crayfish and mussels, which the bird obtains by digging with its long bill. Mussels are opened by hammering them on a hard surface to reveal the soft body inside.

The male secures a pairing territory on a branch of a tall tree in order to attract a female. The courtship ceremony involves the male putting on a noisy display, as well as showing aggression towards other males. When a female arrives, the male attracts her by bowing from his branch. He then offers the female a twig, forging a bond when she grasps it and they begin to preen one another. Once the pair bond is cemented, the birds fly off to build a nest at another location.
Australian White Ibis nest in large colonies, often with the Straw-necked Ibis, T. spinicollis. Young are born naked and helpless. One or two broods may be reared in a year.

•Pringle, J.D. 1985. The Waterbirds of Australia. Angus and Robertson and the National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Sydney.

PP Work:
Cropped the image a fair bit
Altered the brightness and contrast a bit
Cloned and Sharpened the image a bit
Framed the image

Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques! Cheers Tina :-)

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Hi Tina,
Personally I have not seen such a big flock of Sacred Ibis together, nice capture. I love that you captured the one that is about to land. Good one.

Nice enviromental shot with a well composed scene good timing with the flapping of wings and nicely framed tfs rgds Necip.

hi tina,
nice shot presenting so may birds in the natural surroundings, the presence of the water in the bg makes the shot beautiful,
tfs & regards

Hello Tina,
Forget about the limitation of the lens, but you have captured the scene very well. This is the first time I am seeing so much of them in a single frame.It's a beautiful composition and thank you for sharing it.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-10 2:13]

Hi Tina,

i think you've done very well here, the different poses of the Ibis (an intriguing looking bird) make this an interesting and varied shot to look at. Good light, and the reflections in the water make a nice BG too.
Well Done!

scene you have capture is beautiful with so many ibis,beautiful composition,well done

  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-10 13:03]

Hello Tina,
Lovely shot of this colorful and large group
very sharp and attractive BG, well focused, great POV
and composition.. Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-11 1:23]

Hi Tina,
It may not be that close, but I liked the way you captured this group. Nice POV, setting and composition. TFS

Beautiful capture! Very well done!

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