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Wattled Ibis

Wattled 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: 2008-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 4:50
Viewed: 5951
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While we were visiting old palaces of former Ethiopian kings, this bird let hear itself very loudly.
Not mother beautiest, but it has no choice.

The Wattled Ibis (Bostrychia carunculata), ENDEMIC to the Ethiopian Highlands, is about 80 cm.
Wingspan 32,5-38 cm.

Because of its loud, raucous "haa-haa-haa-haa" call, the Wattled Ibis is easily recognized even from some distance away. A flock of these ibises rising or flying overhead becomes especially noisy and obvious.

In flight a white patch shows on the upper surface of the ibis' wing, and at close range its throat wattle is visible. These two diagnostic features distinguish the Wattled Ibis from the closely related Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedavli), which also occurs in Ethiopia.

The Wattled Ibis occurs throughout the Ethiopian plateau from about 1500 meters (5000 feet) to the highest moorlands; it is most common along highland river courses with rocky, cliff-like edges but is found also in open country and in olive, juniper, podocarpus, hagenia, St. Johin's wort and giant heath forests and occasionally in eucalyptus stands. The ibis is gregarious, often flocking in groups of 50 to 100; rarely is it found alone. Small flocks of ibis can often be seen in Addis Ababa, flying between the old Palace and Trinity Cathedral grounds and in the area surrounding the National Palace. The birds normally roost on cliff-edges; in the early morning, they fly and call noisily while following the river courses to their feeding areas, which are usually in open country. With their long downward-curved beaks they probe the ground, searching for insects and other small invertebrates.

Little is known about the ibis's breeding habits. The prenuptial behaviour including establishment of pairs and preparation of nesting sites as well as length of incubation and brooding behaviour are not known. The ibis nests in the little rains in March-April, in the big rains in July and occasionally in the dry season in December. Its nest is made of sticks and lined with grass stems, mosses and strips of bark. The Wattled Ibis normally lays two to three dirty-white, rough-shelled eggs. The birds seem typically to nest in colonies in bushes growing out from cliffs, but surprisingly few of their nesting sites have been reported considering what a common and obvious plateau bird it is. Occasionally the Wattled This nests singly or in twos or threes on tops of trees or on edges of houses. The young, covered in black feathers when still at the colony, are fed away from the colonial site once they can fly. Little else about the life of this species is known: it provides an excellent opportunity for study and observation of an Ethiopian endemic.

(Source: www.selamta.net)

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Ha Peter,

Mooi shot van deze aparte Ibis
Compo, POV, pose en scherpte zijn FANTASTISCH
Prachtige belichting en achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Funny looking bird, Peter.
However, it is a graphic capture of the subject up in the tree.
The details and colours are excellent in this image.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter,
Nice to see this endemic Ibis species by your post. I have seen only two ibis species in nature, and this is new for me. Focus, timing, eyes contact and notes very nice. TFS, have a nice weekend

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-06 9:00]

Hi Peter. You have seen some unusual birds on your trip this time , this is one of them. As you say in your interesting notes it sounds very loud with its call. You have capture this one with a good POV and detail. Well done TFS.

Hello Peter, lovely ibis and wonderful capture! TFS.
Regards, Deniz

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-06 10:35]

Hi Peter,

I've not seen this funny looking bird before. I love that opened beak and the wild look in his eye. I can believe he is rather loud. That's quite a pose on the top of the branch. Even his plummage is interesting to look at. For some reason I keep thinking he would make a great cartoon character.


Hi my dear friend Peter:)
What a realy lovely posture of this ibis. You captured it in a well composition. Wonderful details and natural colours too.
Many thanks for sharing this perfect shot!
Have a nice sunday!


striking portrait, TFS Ori

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-06 13:54]

Merhaba Peter,

Sanki biraz kötü ışık koşullarında çekilmiş bir kare izlenimi veriyor. Beyazlar patlamış gibi. Herneyse... Herşeye ramen çok güzel bir kare olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-06 22:50]

Hello Peter, very beautiful image of a ibis with lovely posture. TFS.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Ibis. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Superb capture, Peter!
Sorry gotta run!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-07 1:40]

Hi Peter,this is another wonderfull shot,your pics from Ethiopia are a collection incredible,very stranges and nices birds taken whit a incredible class and perfection,my best best compiments,a 1st class work,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-07 8:10]

Hello Peter, very good pose of this great subjec! Sharp, good exposure and a great note, thanks!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-07 9:01]

Hello Peter, WoW what a clarity shot. Wonderful shot and lovely focus. Great composition ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-07 10:06]

Hi Peter,
a strange looking bird, but an interesting one too! Excellent detail and great POV, well done!

Ciao Peter, beautiful bird in great pèose with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-09 9:40]

Hello Peter,
Ethiopia is a mecca for avian endemics and this Wattled Ibis is another that I have never seen before. Well captured with excellent sharpness, light management against the sky and in a fine pose.
A great one to see and thanks for sharing it!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-09 12:38]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this Ibis endemic to Ethiopia. I like its pose and your composition. Not the most beautiful Ibis but your capture is excellent, very sharp and it shows markings and colours very well.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-09-10 5:58]

Hi Peter,

wonderful capture!
great pose and very good detail

Hallo Peter,
Een enigszins onheilspellende verschijning. Waarschijnlijk een zielsverwant van een kraai in onze contreien:-)
Een beetje overbelichten ligt voor de hand hier; je loopt dan wel het risico om het aanwezige blauwe kleurtje te verliezen wat nu wel sober en gepast aanwezig is in de achtergrond.
Gepaste natuurlijke perch en goed moment met die open bek.
Bedankt en groeten,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-22 3:06]

Hi Peter,
Pose and the expression you captured is great :o)) Very good timing!
All the best,

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