Willem’s Weekly Bird Photography blog (#5)

Week 5: Southern Bald Ibis (Kalkoen Ibis)( Geronticus calvus)

Back home, this week bird is the Southern Bald Ibis. Here are two images of this bird:

 

Southern bald ibis taking off

Bald ibis take off

Nikon D3S, Nikkor 600mmf4 fixed lens with Nikon 1.4 convertor = 850mm, ISO800, f5.6, 1/4000, exposure = -0.67, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, Tripod

Golden Gate National Park, South Africa, September 2012

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 Southern bald ibis flying 1 W

Bald ibis flying

Nikon D3S, Nikkor 600mmf4 fixed lens with Nikon 1.4 convertor = 850mm, ISO800, f5.6, 1/6400, exposure = -0.67, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, Tripod

Golden Gate National Park, South Africa, September 2012

 

Interesting facts:

A large bird found in open grassland or semi-desert areas in the mountains of southern Africa. It breeds colonially on and amongst rocks and on cliffs, laying 2-3 eggs which are incubated for 21 days before hatching. It feeds on insects, small reptiles, rodents and small birds. The differ from the other Ibis species in that they have unfeathered faces and heads, breed on cliffs rather than in trees, and prefer arid habitats to the wetlands used by their relatives. (Wikipedia) They are not common and Barnes (2000) estimated a total population of 8,000-10,000 birds (including 2,000 breeding pairs i.e. 4,000 mature individuals). (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22697496/0). So, consider yourself lucky if you do see one.

 

Here is a map of its distribution:

Bald Ibis map b

Until next week – keep an eye on the birds and keep on shooting.

 

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