National Geographic : 1950 May
© National Geographic Society 655 Kodachromes by Paul A. Zahl Treetop Apartments Are Thickly Populated. Every Branch Has Its Tenant A fully grown ibis spreads its flaming wings some three feet. Its arched beak, resembling a curlew's, is about six inches long. Useless as a weapon, the blunt bill dredges food out of mud banks. Though rain clouds were a constant handicap, the camera captured the poetry of motion in both pictures. The upper bush supports half a dozen dark juveniles. Scarlet birds below are mature. The author's boatmen evinced a healthy respect for piranhas. Swarms of hungry fish lurking beneath ibis roosts gobbled any fledgling that fell their way.