Jan 10, 2008

Take It Easy

This is the Northern Bald Ibis, or waldrapp (Geronticus eremita). When I first saw thatr featherless head, I assumed that they were carrion birds. But no, they feed on insects and small rodents. That's a good thing. Africa doesn't need another carrion eater.

There aren't many of them left anywhere, so if you meet any Turks or Egyptians or Ethiopians or Arabs, be sure to ask them to take it easy on these large birds. Let 'em be.

Photo source: Frank Wouters

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