Waldrapp Ibis

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    The Northern Bald Ibis, Hermit Ibis, or Waldrapp, Geronticus eremita, is a large bird found in barren semi-desert or rocky habitats, often but not always close to running water.

    This is a large glossy black ibis, 70-80 cm long with a 120-135 cm wingspan. It has an unfeathered red face and head and a long decurved red bill. It breeds colonially on cliffs in rocky deserts in the Middle East and Africa north of the Sahara, laying 2-3 eggs. Its food is insects and other small creatures. It was once much widespread across the Middle East, northern Africa and even the European Alps, though it went exinct there over 400 years ago.

    It is migratory in parts of its range, but its wintering areas have recently been discovered in parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and perhaps some of Somalia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. This species is now officially critically endangered, with an estimated population in of 420 in the wild[1] and about 1500 in captivity (2004). It retains only a foothold in Morocco, Turkey and Syria.

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    1. cilinia powell [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      I love how you captured the colors in the feathers,beautiful shot!!

    2. Connie Lemperle 85 months ago | reply

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    3. Sharon's Shotz 85 months ago | reply

      you have such interesting photos! Love the fact that you give us a great description here...I love learning new things :-)

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    5. Paul_Wheeler 85 months ago | reply

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    6. beluga 7 85 months ago | reply

      wow

      outstanding

    7. bev.c2007 Trying to catch up 85 months ago | reply

      Superb detail in the feathers excellent shot !!

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    10. bigkyle28 85 months ago | reply

      Great shot,very detailed when viewed large.Very nice work.

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    13. crafty1tutu (Ann) 85 months ago | reply

      Stunning details!!

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      Simply stunning...a magnificent shot!

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    15. AlexandraPhotos (mac73t) 85 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot. Beautiful detail and clarity

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    16. Gunnar Engblom (Kolibri Expeditions) 44 months ago | reply

      Great picture. Thansk for sharing. We used it in a blog post to raise awareness of the threatened birds of Turkey.
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