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~White Ibis~

~White Ibis~
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Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 7:17
Viewed: 2911
Points: 20
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One of the most numerous wading birds in Florida, and common elsewhere in the southeast. The White Ibis is highly sociable at all seasons, roosting and feeding in flocks, and nesting in large colonies. Note the red face, long decurved red bill, and restricted black wingtips.

Immature white ibis are dark brownish with a white belly, white rump, and curved red bill. In flight, the neck is outstretched; the flocks fly in strings, flapping and gliding and often soar in circles. The White Ibis is about 22-27 inches tall. White Ibis inhabit salt, brackish, and fresh marshes, rice fields, mangroves. They may forage in any kind of shallow water, commonly flying to feed in fresh water even in coastal regions. Foraging sites include marshes, mudflats, flooded pastures, lake edges, mangrove lagoons, and grassy fields.

Their diet is varied and includes many crustaceans, with crayfish and crabs being major items. They also eat insects, snails, frogs, marine worms, snakes, and small fish. It forages by walking slowly in shallow water, sweeping its bill from side to side and probing at the bottom. White Ibis also forage on land, especially on mud or in short grass. It finds its food by touch while probing, by sight at other times, seizing items from the surface. White Ibises may steal food from each other and, in turn, have food stolen from them by larger species.

The White Ibis breeds in colonies, sometimes mixed with other wading birds. Displays of the male include ritualized preening, leaning over and grasping a twig in its bill, pointing his bill skyward and lowering his head onto his back. Nest sites are in mangroves, trees, and thickets, usually 2-15 feet above ground or water, sometimes higher or on the ground. The nest is built by both sexes, with the male bringing most material, and the female doing most of the building. Nesting material is often stolen from nests of other pairs. The nest is usually a platform of sticks, sometimes of cordgrass or reeds. Up to 5 eggs are laid, they are pale blue-green to white, blotched with brown. Incubation is by both sexes, and averages 21 days. Both parents feed the young, by regurgitation. The young may clamber about near the nest after 3 weeks, and can make short flights after 4-5 weeks, are capable of sustained flight at 6 weeks, and may leave the colony to forage with adults after 7 weeks

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-27 8:00]

Hi Ange

A really good shot of this species -a trick exposure problem with white plumage, but you have kept the tones and texture of in the plumage.

A very nice composition also.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-27 8:22]

Hi Ange,
Well captured Ibis, with fantastic plummage details on this tough subject, brilliant composition shows of both the bird and his beautiful surroundings with marvelous colors. Well done Ange.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-27 10:54]

Hi Ange,

This is a beauty. The Ibis is wonderful - a good tone of white and wonderful details - great eye. Beautiful colors and a gorgeous setting. Lovely composition.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-04-27 11:15]

Hi Angela,
As always your photo is flawless. Well composed...The detail, POV, DOF and colors are excellent. Your choice of subject and background are always interesting and beautiful. AND, as always your note is very informative and helpful. Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-27 11:55]
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Hello Ange,
Fine capture of White Ibis, showing well against the BG. PLeasing Comp. and good management of the colors. You must have come quite close to take such a shot. Was this taken in the wild? If so, so much more kudos for this shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-27 22:48]

Hello Angela

Wow another impressive shot.This white ibis is beautiful.The focus and details are sharp.The lighting is well done.The colours are outstanding.Well composed in an attractive natural setting.TFS


Bonjour Ange
Très joli ce portrait de cet oiseau qui est vraiment joli, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG avec ce feuillu multicolor.
Bravo et merci JP

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-28 4:06]

Angela,A really nice and good shot. Full white and you have captured it well.Ganesh

selam Ange; nice capture of this white ıbis, well copmosition and colours , ı wait great works from you dear ange; TFS well done
all the best

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-01 14:50]

Hello Angela,
Brilliant capture of this fine Ibis! Sharpness and colours are excellent and I really like the POVv and the natural look of the background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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