Wednesday, August 14, 2013

African Sacred Ibis

Finally last weekend Grant and I managed to do a few birding trips on the mine. Although it seemed as if the pickings were lean, once I'd downloaded the photos of birds I managed to capture, we realized that we'd seen quite a number of our fine feathered friends.

At one point while I focused on a pair of African Jacana feeding between the lilies in a pond near the road, I also photographed a small flock of African Sacred Ibis.

This very common bird found in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, is a large white ibis with a heavy decurved, black bill. The adult's neck and face are naked, wrinkled and black. The breeding adults also have yellow flank feathers. (The front bird in the photo below seems to be a breeding adult)
African Sacred Ibis

While sorting out my archives last night, I came across a set of photos of a single African Sacred Ibis Juvenile taken during the summer. The African Sacred Ibis Juvenile has a white-feathered neck and slightly greyish cast to white plumage.

African Sacred Ibis Juvenile

I'm linking today's post with Wild Bird Wednesday which you can access by clicking here


9 comments:

  1. Well, it would be a very UNcommon bird to me, Jo, and I'd be thrilled to see an African Sacred Ibis.
    So glad you got out to do some birding!
    Hi to Grant and cuddles to the cats.
    Luv, K

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  2. So beautiful and what a treat for me to see this kind of bird than "jailbirds"...LOL...God bless you sister.

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  3. I can't think that I've seen Sacred Ibis in Port Elizabeth but I have seen them not far to both the east and west of the city.

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  4. Jo, I love these cool looking Ibis. Great shots! Thanks for sharing your wild bird. Have a happy day!

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  5. Nice photos of an interesting bird I've never seen before!
    Greetings Pia

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  6. Hi Jo Just discovered your blog and joined now. These are great birds and wonderful shots. I featured the Ibis about 3 weeks ago on WBW, you might be interested to look at it,

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