Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Caroni Marsh, Trinidad
June 20, 2012
Nancy got this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago. It was late in the afternoon and we were not able to get a closer shot.
This bird inhabits the north coast of South America from Ecuador east through Brazil, and nearby islands including Trinidad & Tobago. This is one of the two national birds of the country of Trinidad & Tobago, representing specifically Trinidad. Tobago is represented by the Roufous-vented Chachalaca.
There are 28 species of ibis in the world, all of similar shape, but none of the others are as striking as this species. Suprisingly, it is very closely related to the American White Ibis. Some scientists want to combine the two into one species, while others talk about making them both subspecies of a new American Ibis.
Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Camera was on f/5.6 for 1/2000 sec at ISO 3200. Exposure was increased 1½ stops in post-processing.
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