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07 February 2013 @ 06:00 am
kitsnaps: waldrapp ibis  

Waldrap Ibis at Dublin Zoo
Waldrap Ibis at Dublin Zoo

Waldrap Ibis at Dublin Zoo

I love these birds. They’re so flamboyantly ugly. They’re terribly endangered, with apparently only around 500 left in the wild, and as with all endangered species, I’m perpetually grateful for not only the opportunity to see them at all, but for the conservation and preservation work that zoos all over the world do.

It’s not especially easy to get a good picture of one through the glass, so I’ve been trying for, oh, two years now. This is my favorite so far, though I’ll no doubt keep going back for more.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 7th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Wow--and you can't tell the pic was taken through glass at all.
Alix (Tersa): Toast--face close-up (tersa)tersa on February 7th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. I love the iridescence over his wing, the purple shading into that brilliant blue.
Dreamshadowmorgie on February 8th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I love the color. :)