I had been casually posting my wildlife images (mostly bird) online since 2009 when around August 2012 I received correspondance from Dr Steve Boyes from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (affectionately known as the Fitztitute and located at the University of Cape Town, South Africa), asking me if I would be interested in submitting my images to his Facebook Group call the Wild Bird Trust. Needless to say I was excited to be invited and to support his efforts of bird awareness with my images.
Today one of those images was chosen and published on National Geographic’s Explorer Edition as Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week (#1/25)
A wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, the Sacred Ibis breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, south-eastern 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. (Text Wikipedia)
The bird was photographed with back-lighting making the exposure very tricky. I managed to get a lot of detail. The background is water from a wetland and was shot in the wild.
Posted by Dr. Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in the Explorers Journal on October 22, 2012 here.
Visit his Wild Bird Trust incorporating The Cape Parrot Project aimed at researching and saving this and other endangered species from extinction.
And a screen shot for posterity:
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries: Phottix
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!
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