Why I always have Doc Martens in the car

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 20, 2017 3038 views

The Northern Bald Ibis (Waldrapp) was hunted to extinction in the 17th century. This migration bird is one of the most endangered bird species worldwide. Partners in Austria, Germany and Italy try to reintroduce this bird in its natural habitat. Meanwhile 120 Northern Bald Ibisses migrate between the summer area in the northern foothills of the Alps and the wintering area in the Tuscany. With a weight of 1-1.5 kg and a wingspan of up to 1.25 m they are not gigantic birds, but they have at least a fierce looking appearance. Characteristics are bald head, red legs and red, curved and slim beak. This "skinheads" are no scavengers: their prey are mainly earthworms and insect larvae.

Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)

Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)

I photographed this Bald Ibis at Tiergarten Schönbrunn. They live in the old cages for vultures, which are close to the preferred natural habitat - rock cliffs with niches.

Since 2004 Burghausen in Germany/Bavaria is a location of the Northern-Bald-Ibis project, it’s also the home of the world longest castle (1051 m). The breeding area is nearby the Pulverturm. I visited the castle not only for its historic significance, but also for this bird population.

The castle is very close and high above the city.

The castle is very close and high above the city.

Finally inside the castle - only five courtyards and 1 km to go.

Finally inside the castle - only five courtyards and 1 km to go.

Fortification - outer perimeter Eggenberg: after a very long and stony way up, up, up and up finally - still far away - was the roof of the tower visible.

Fortification - outer perimeter Eggenberg: after a very long and stony way up, up, up and up finally - still far away - was the roof of the tower visible.

Burghausen is fortified not only by walls ...

Burghausen is fortified not only by walls ...

The inhabitants had a good view down ...

The inhabitants had a good view down ...

I tried to squeeze my visit into my already full schedule. It was the day o f a grand opening of an exhibition nearby. So I was in "full dress code". I don’t want to think about my feet, which are used to Doc Martens and were forced into high heels for this occasion. I nearly crawled like a toddler - around and through the gigantic medieval castle (incl. its outer perimeter).

During the opening I couldn’t resist to photograph my mistreated feet.

During the opening I couldn’t resist to photograph my mistreated feet.

By the way, I haven’t seen a single Bald Ibis around the castle. Maybe I scared them away, because the rest of me was forced into a shapely "little pink".

Some day, I will die in beauty – but I will never surrender, I will never give up and I will never stand still and calm - not even for a second.

Some day, I will die in beauty – but I will never surrender, I will never give up and I will never stand still and calm - not even for a second.

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Jennifer Raknerud 6 months, 3 weeks ago

That is an amazing bird.  I wonder what it likes to eat?

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George Kunschman 1 year ago

Extraordinary pictures! The Northern Bald Ibis oddly beautiful. I will need to research what value did this species have to be hunted so.I agree with all the other comments made. Especially your poor feet! Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago Edited

Thanks! blush
Yes this bald Ibis is not entirly beautiful, but at least very interesting.

1 year ago Edited
Olga Helys 1 year, 3 months ago

wooow
This bird is wonderful!

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Olga Helys 1 year, 3 months ago

A surviver - with a little bit of help and lot of passion. wink

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

I've just through the long long winter here in Korea.
Full of light and color. Your pictures really wake me up to meet the spring.
So vivid and lively. Love your pictures. smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

I love this post Sigrid!! And I love the photos especially of the Northern Bald Ibis, I always categorized them into the vulture group therefor eating "meat" never knew they were not. Very cool post! Made me smile :)

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

#7 makes my feet sore to even look at these torture devices! Yikes! I can never imagine how these things came to be. I think they are freakish looking footware....

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Stigmatizers ... smile

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 7 months ago

Love the term!!!!

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

thumbsup

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 7 months ago

:=D

Happy Saturday!

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
John Barrow 1 year, 8 months ago

Nice to see the Northern Bald Ibis. Here (South Africa) we have the Southern Bald Ibis. It is also rather vulnerable, only about 2000 breeding pairs left in the wild, mainly in the Drakensberg mountain range. Occasionally you see them at the roadside as you drive past.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to John Barrow 1 year, 8 months ago

2.000 breeding pairs is a awful low number too. Keep them save, because it will be a long and hard way to reintroduce them to nature or as it is for the Northern Ibis to reintroduce them into a constantly shrinking habitat ...
I'm still sad, that I didn't see them in Burghausen ...

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Paula Wallis 1 year, 9 months ago

Oooh your poor feet! They look so sore! But what a beautiful bird and interesting history.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Paula Wallis 1 year, 9 months ago

smile don't remind me!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
George C 1 year, 10 months ago

A very interesting story! I learned that bald ibis do not like pink! grinning
It is always sad to see endangered species.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to George C 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, there has to be a connection! I never worn this shoes/dress again, didn't saw a Bald Ibis since and I still feel almost extinct! joy

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Emilia 2 years ago
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2 years ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Emilia 2 years ago

Thanks!

2 years ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 years ago

I love that Bird...its is awesome, all your photos are fantastic

2 years ago Edited

Thanks!!! blush
You should hear the voice of these birds ...

2 years ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years ago

#1 is an oddly beautiful bird . Looks like a great place to visit .

2 years ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Russell Smith 2 years ago

YES, they are very "special" birds ...
Burghausen is different from every castle I know and I really know a lot of castles.

2 years ago Edited
Heike 2 years ago

Schöne Bilder, der Waldrapp ist cool, nicht wirklich schön, aber beeindruckend. Hatte noch nie einen gesehen.

2 years ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years ago

so ein pinkfarbener Ibis ist ein schöner Vogel und das ist das hässliche Entlein dazu. Aber sie machen drei witzig klingende Laute und man kann tatsächlich - sogar als Laie - die Stimmen unterscheiden. Irgendwas Gutes muss man ja über dieses arme Viehcherl sagen ...

2 years ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Nice series and good story. Poor feet

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, just my life ... smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
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