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Old May 24, 2005, 5:07 AM   #1
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I told myself that today I would not do anything related to photography and get on with priority stuff, however, I went to town to get some things, and on the way, i passed a burnt field, and there to greet me were these Bald Ibis, so a quick dash backhome to fetch the camera, and here are these "beautiful" creatures. They are relatively rare, have been on the endangered list, I think recently lifted off. The "bald" really means bald as in NO HAIR, whereasI think the bald with the USA eagle means "white" in latin ??


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Old May 24, 2005, 5:09 AM   #2
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Last, now, Ihave to get back to the priority stuff
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Old May 24, 2005, 6:11 AM   #4
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Nice shots of this truly odd looking boid. ("boid," BTW is Brooklynese for "bird," my native language before I immigrated to Manhattan).

I notice that like the Glossy, that lives around Brooklyn, these guys also change color with the light.

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Now that is a funny looking bird (in compairson to the Glossy Ibis that we get here.)

I didn't know that about the term bald, as in the eagle. Interesting. I always assumed it was because it looked bald from afar.

Nice shots.

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Old May 24, 2005, 8:17 AM   #6
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Now that is a funny looking bird (in compairson to the Glossy Ibis that we get here.)

I didn't know that about the term bald, as in the eagle. Interesting. I always assumed it was because it looked bald from afar.

And you would be right, if you assumed that...:lol:

Nice shots.

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Old May 24, 2005, 9:07 AM   #7
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Hi eric 'n dave, thanks for looking in. That info about "bald" I pulled out of the dark recesses of my mind, so with your reply I thought I had better make sure, and it seems that it is a Greek word, not latin - here is a link to something I found on the net

http://www.peregrinefund.org/Explore.../baldeagl.html

The Bald Ibis is simiiar in size to the glossy ibis, which we also get here, although not very common. The hadeda ibis is VERY common, almost like doves. It is quite a treat to seethese guys so close, and in town too.

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Old May 24, 2005, 9:49 AM   #8
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nice shots of an "ugly" bird!!!!! first i've ever heard or seen pictures of these.

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"ugly" bird!!!!!

You said it dennis!! [but i'm sure his mamma luvs him]
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JakeTPegg wrote:
[quote]Hi eric 'n dave, thanks for looking in. That info about "bald" I pulled out of the dark recesses of my mind, so with your reply I thought I had better make sure, and it seems that it is a Greek word, not latin - here is a link to something I found on the net

http://www.peregrinefund.org/Explore.../baldeagl.html

Well actually that site says:
"Bald is from the Middle English word balled, meaning shining white."

However, the use of the word is from folk derivation, not scientific usage. In other words, it caught on :lol:

This bird is unique to North America...

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