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Waldrapp Ibis

Waldrapp Ibis
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-02-27 3:31
Viewed: 7362
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at the San Francisco Zoo.

Waldrapp Ibis
Geronticus eremita

Fascinating Facts:
*They were considered sacred in ancient Egypt.
*Both the male and female incubate the eggs.
*They are one of the world’s most critically threatened avian species.

Physical Characteristics:
These raven-sized birds have iridescent black plumage, a downward-curving red bill and long legs. Their heads are naked but are covered with wrinkled skin topped with a bulbous cap. The face and throat are bare and red. A shaggy ruff of black feathers around the neck is raised in courtship displays.

They are found in open, dry areas, coastlines, and cliff ledges in southwestern Morocco, Syria, and northern Africa.
They are carnivorous and eat insects, small reptiles and worms.

Social Behavior:
These gregarious birds gather in breeding colonies. Highly social by nature, they mingle in flocks.
In February and March, they build bulky nests of sticks on ledges of high cliffs near water. The Waldrapp raises its long neck plumes in a shaggy frill that waves in the desert breeze. The normal clutch is three all-white eggs, incubated by both the male and female. Young are fed insects, regurgitated by adults. Young leave the nest with completely feathered heads and don’t acquire adult plumage until seven years of age.

Status In The Wild:
They are one of the world’s most critically threatened avian species. Once common across central Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East, today the only breeding colonies in the wild are those in Morocco, where only 200 birds remain. The population decline is due to loss of habitat, uncontrolled hunting, pesticides and climate change. Their meat is considered a delicacy, which also contributes to their decline. European zoos have active breeding programs and are attempting to reintroduce them to the wild.


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Another masterpiece from you!!!
perfect composition, colors and DOF.
Goutham R

Hi Manyee,
Fantastic shot!
Excellent POV, very sharp and detailed,
beautiful colours and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Quite a nice zoo shot, intense blue sky. Good plumage details and colours on this rare bird. Nice focus and sharpness.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-27 5:34]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice composition, POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-27 6:05]

Hi Manyee, great composition with excellent colour and POV.

Hi Manyee,
A superb shot on this Waldrapp Ibis. The light was excellent here. Very beautiful colors. Detail is very sharp. He looks great against the blue sky backround. Great notes as always. Excellent shot!

Very nice ManYee,
Very good sharpness and detail. Great DOF, exposure and colors..Looks nice against the deep blue sky. Very well done!

This is a lovely shot Manyee!
The quality is very good as well as the lighting. All details are nicely visible. I like the colours here, the feathers are lovely and the sky gives very nice BG.
Well done on this one!

Hi Manyee

I see this gut has been banded. He has stunning coloured plumage. Nice light and good BG. Nice work. TFS.

Hi Manyee,
what a "cool" bird, I love the colours here so much. Sharpness is excellent, I can see every single detail of the shimmering feathers.
Wonderful work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-27 15:19]

Hello Manyee, nice colourful shot. I like the composition and the blue sky behind looks great. Very well done.

Well captured Manyee,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hello ManYee,

I very much like this fascinating creature, and your wonderful image of him.

Colors and details are great, while BG, exposure and pose are on the mark.

I like the fact that Howard "freed the prisoner" in his ws.

Well done and thank you!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-27 20:43]

Manyee.- Lograste muy buna foto aqui de esta ave que nunca habia visto antes, Los colores son exelentes y contrastan con el azul del cielo. felicidades Luis52. Tu nota exelente.

This is a gorgeous, sharp photo of a magnificently hued bird. It almost hurts one's eyes to look at it! Thanks for sharing him/her with us.

The detail in the pluamge is superb, good work indeed.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-27 23:37]

Ha! He looks too big for that tree! What a super shot of the Ibis Manyee, he's quite wonderful. I love the colours of his feathers and his beak too. Well shown, thank you

Awesome capture of the Ibis Manyee, the bird stands out really well on the beautiful blue background. :)

Hello Manyee
Wonderful shot of the Ibis. Sunlight really brings out the amazing hues of this critically endangered species. I've seen many shots where the bird appears dark brown or black due to the available light.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-28 21:28]

WoW! C'est la première fois que je vois cet oiseau. Je vois régulièrement des Ibis rouges au Biodôme de Montréal. Si je pouvais en photographier un aussi bien que le tien, je serais bien content.
Merci ManYee.

Nice capture Manyee! Great colors on the feathers and excellent details. Thanks for sharing!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-28 23:26]
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Hi Manyee
Excellent on all counts. I am running out of expletives to describe your work. This is just super stuff. The sky, the bird, the colours, the focus, even the tree trunk, and I am sure if I could look at the back of the photo, even that would have been 100%. Huh!
Great work, TFS.

Looks like a special bird, nice picture.
I like the composition.

Manyee, you are doing magic with that S1 IS! what a beautiful shot! cannot imagine a better shot of this bird. the metallic green is shining bright and got a great pose! TFS!

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