Ibis (Draw a Bird Day)

graceful, silent
keeper and creator
measuring magic by the moon

For Colleen’s #TankaTuesday poet’s choice and for Draw a Bird Day, a didactic cinquian.

The Egyptian god Thoth was often represented as an ibis, or an ibis-headed man. Like the sacred ibis bird, he was associated with knowledge, wisdom and the moon, but also much more. Scribe to the gods, he taught men to write. He was the reckoner of time, “he who balances”, a scientist and magician.

Millions of ibis birds were mummified in Ancient Egypt as offerings to Thoth. The sacred ibis is now regionally extinct in Egypt, although it is still found in other Sub-Saharan African lands.

One species of ibis found in eastern American coastal regions is the glossy ibis. From a distance it appears to be a mostly uniform dark color, but close up its feathers become an iridescent rainbow.

Today is #WorldMigratoryBirdDay. The glossy ibis flocks that breed along the NE coast migrate to the Gulf of Mexico for wintering. As with all shore dependent migratory birds, saving our natural shorelines are one key to their survival.

Also linking to earthweal open link weekend.

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43 responses to “Ibis (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. philgomm says :

    LOVE that first image!

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  2. Ingrid says :

    There’s certainly something magical about their look. I love all the illustrations but that first one is so simple, and magnificent!

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  3. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Special place for Thoth in a writer’s heart, and always loved the thought of the origins of writing being the marks of a bird. You seem to capture the sweep of writing in that first painting!

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  4. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    An interesting historical God Thoth was, Marta and loved your paintings. Awesome.

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  5. robertawrites235681907 says :

    These are great pictures, Kerfe. I love the Egyptian god and recognise that depiction.

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  6. The Cheesesellers Wife says :

    That’s a brilliant brush sketch of an ibis, and a rather fabulous poem too!

    They fly a flock of Bald Iris at the Hawk Conservancy near here. They are so graceful.

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  7. Sherry Marr says :

    Such interesting information about the ibis. I didnt know any of it. Wonderful.

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  8. merrildsmith says :

    I like the poem and the drawings. And thank you for the history and information, too.
    My older child worked for an organization named Ibis for a while. 😀

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  9. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again.
    I LOVE your draw a bird posts for the pictures, the poetry, and the information. Wonderful.

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  10. ben Alexander says :

    The sacred ibis is now regionally extinct in Egypt

    I did know that, nor would I have assumed it. I love your art, Kerfe.


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  11. M says :

    I also admire that first sketch, Kerfe. It reminds me of those my father once drew, when I was young. A perfect companion to your cinquain ~

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  12. kim881 says :

    Magical ibis images and tanka, Kerfe, well captured but not caged. I especially love the sound of ‘measuring magic by the moon’.

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  13. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    A magical Ibis and poetry make me so happy, Kerfe. I love the history, mythology, and the grace of this bird. Superb! ❤

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  14. lindi says :

    Love the drawings, love the poem, love the association with Thoth. Truly one of my favourite birds – we are lucky enough to share space with them here still.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Linda. They are so beautiful. I have only seen them at a distance when traveling, although I do think they summer along the coast around here. I have seen cranes in the city though, so who knows? I might get lucky.

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  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    It’s strange to me that a culture in which the ibis was sacred would kill them to extinction. A fascinating history, Kerfe. Beautiful renderings of the bird and a wonderful poem to go along.

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  16. judeitakali says :

    Very interesting post, great cinquain.

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  17. msjadeli says :

    There is definitely something other-worldly about this bird. I love your paintings. The first one looks like calligraphy.

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  18. anotherkatewilson says :

    I love the painting, and the poem. I’m afraid ibis are known as bin-chickens in Australia 😀 your poem and drawing are a reminder that they do have an elegance to them.

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