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Paradisio animal park.

Hermit Ibis, or Waldrapp (Geronticus eremita)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldrapp

Geronticus eremita occurs in Morocco at Souss-Massa National Park (Souss-Massa NP) (338 km2; three sub-colonies) and at nearby Tamri (one colony, half the breeding population)2, with some movement of birds between these two. A tiny colony was discovered at Palmyra, Syria in 2002, which consisted of just two pairs which fledged five chicks, plus three subadults in 200721, following a severe population decline over the past 30 years11. The population now numbers at only four individuals after one was shot in Saudi Arabia39. The Syrian birds have raised 24 young since 2002 but breeding failed in 2008, probably due to predation by Ravens Corvus corax32. The causes of failed breeding in 2009 are uncertain, but intraspecific disturbance and low spring rainfall are possible factors41. Searches in 2003 for further colonies within the Syrian steppes proved fruitless11,19. Satellite-tagging has revealed that this population migrates south through Jordan and Saudi Arabia; six birds spent three weeks in Yemen (July-August), then wintering in central Ethiopia; migrating back to Syria, through Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in February25; four adults were also located in Ethiopia in the winters of 2006-2007 and 2007-200832. Records of untagged birds in Israel and Djibouti in late 2007 may relate to immature birds from the Syrian colony or birds from an as yet undiscovered population32. In 1995, the Moroccan population was estimated at 300 individuals (74 breeding pairs that laid eggs)7. In 1998, it had declined to 59 pairs, following the mysterious death of 40 birds in 19962,8, but by 2006 there were 95 pairs that laid eggs26. Importantly, since 1980 there has been no overall decline in numbers at Souss-Massa NP7. Growing numbers, and good productivity (over 500 birds in the Moroccan population after the breeding season in recent years) give cause for optimism that former areas may soon be recolonised14. A semi-wild population numbering 91 individuals in 2006 exists at Birecik, Turkey20, where birds are free-flying for five months, breeding on natural nest sites and nest-boxes on cliffs, but are taken into captivity after the breeding season to prevent them from migrating15,20. Three birds from the colony migrated in 2009 travelling via the Palmyra site. However, three were found dead in Jordan35. The Turkish population has been shown to be genetically distinct from the Moroccan population10. Historically, the species occurred across parts of southern Europe, and captive populations have been maintained in Austria (at Grünau, 22 birds, now breeding) and Spain, with a long-term aim to re-establish the species in parts of its former range. Around 30 birds have now been released in the La Janda area, Spain, and in 2008 a released pair laid two eggs, perhaps the first breeding of the species in the wild in Spain for 500 years32.
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Date: 2008-11-03 18:11:21
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pretty lamp 2008-11-03 18:28:04
nice shoot!
well done
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Fantastic capture.....love the shot!
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Great shot of this bird. Nice work.

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wow cool capture..I hope you get better soon!

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Superb close-up.
Vaeltaja 2008-11-04 13:48:54
Thanks for all your kind words.
I had been misdiagnosed. I did not have an infection, but a plastic splinter in my eye. It was removed yesterday, so I can finally start healing. I still have to take it easy, not stay too many hours behind the computer ;))
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great capture...nobody perfect , indeed :-)

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