Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

The closest to a kiss two birds with scimitar-like beaks can get. This photo was taken at sunset (hence the orange/pink glow) on Valentine’s Day 2011.

The birds are Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash).


Hadeda Valentines ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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18 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss”

  1. February 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    lovely and the background, wooh

  2. February 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    It must be difficult to kiss with a beak like that!

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      It certainly is – they were actually rubbing their beaks together.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

  3. Eha
    February 17, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Glorious photo in both colour and composition, but is this a sign of affection and togetherness or are they actually testing one another 🙂 ?

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      It does look like it could be a “beak wrestling” contest doesn’t it?! 🙂

  4. February 17, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Wow, great capture. and the timing was good. 🙂

    • February 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Thank you! I was just planning to photograph the birds in the sunset glow – and then I got lucky and they started rubbing beaks.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

  5. February 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I love the long beaks of the ibis – great for catching lots of fish. We have many ibis in Florida, but they are of a different variety. They are snow white and lean. Are these ibis wading birds also?

    • February 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      There are several species of Ibis here in Southern Africa. I have never seen Hadedas near water, but according to Wikipedia “The Hadeda Ibis is found throughout open grasslands, savanna and wetlands . . .”. Hadedas like the lawns in parks and gardens, where they poke into the ground for worms and bugs.

  6. February 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    beautiful lighting and image. I’m so impressed with good photos.
    Smooches from the Chesapeake.

    • February 18, 2013 at 6:00 am #

      Thank you! It’s always interesting taking photos when we have that kind of sunset.

  7. February 18, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Great capture!

  8. March 21, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Great shot Lisa 😀 when we were in Joburg those wretched birds woke us up every bloody morning. My god they make a racket.

    • March 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      I don’t mind the Hadedas too much. We have a family of guinea fowl close by who are really noisy! The adults (males?) sometimes sit on the local garden walls in the late afternoon, and sqawk very loudy.


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