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African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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A wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, the Sacred Ibis breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Iraq, and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps. The bird nests in tree colonies, often with other large wading birds such as herons. It builds a stick nest often in a baobab and lays 2-3 eggs.
It feeds on various fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles and smaller birds as well as insects. It may also probe into the soil with its long bill for invertebrates such as earthworms.
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Love that it’s in flight!

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnalmost 5 years ago

    The wings are so beautiful in flight!

  • Yes indeed John, thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • mogue
    moguealmost 5 years ago
    Beautiful, yes the wings look amazing.


  • Thanks a lot Lucy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture! Cheers!

  • Thank you Yannik!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your challenge Top 10 in Lost with Animals

  • Thanks a lot to the people who voted! Thanks Kimba.

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • My pleasure Karen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Magaret, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • bugboobunz
    bugboobunzabout 4 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving
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  • With pleasure!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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