Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 202 - Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

By this time I will be deep into my second week on the road - I don't really know if I will be dealing with important things like blog comments and emails, or whether I'll be dealing with things like work!

So, here is a really good value bird!  This is a Yellow-Billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), one of two species of Spoonbill we get in Australia.  The scientific name actually means 'yellow footed spoonbill' which is as accurate as Yellow-Billed - although the legs of this species often dont look yellow because they can be coated in mud!

If you click on the images you can see a larger version, and in some of these you can see the items of food that the Spoonbill is flicking up into the air.  I think most as small fish, but thats a bit speculative!









So, now it's over to you - click the blue button and off you go!


26 comments:

Brian King said...

Fantastic photos! I've never seen a Spoonbill in person. They're very unique birds!

Margaret Adamson said...

Don't work too hardLovely series of shots of the Spoonbill. Thanks for hosting and hope all goes your way at work this week.

Silver Parrot said...

Great looking bird! I don't think we have any species of Spoon Bill here on the US west coast although I do think there is at least one on the East Coast.

Findlay Wilde said...

Brilliant pictures. Spoonbills are so well designed for how they feed. Hope your trip is going well.

Mary Cromer said...

What a really cool bird, I can imagine the fun it was for you getting these captures. brilliant~

Jo said...

What beautiful images, Stewart. I love the thin stripe along its head and bill. And the stripes on the tail. We have the African Spoonbill here and it's not half as interesting as yours! Thanks for hosting this meme. I'll link up tomorrow (Wed). Greetings Jo

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

This past week I watched a Roseate Spoonbill as it fed, sweeping its bill from side to side as it walked slowly through shallow water. Your spoonbill, save for plumage color looks very much like our Roseate. Thanks to Wiki, I learned that they are genetically much closer relatives to each other than to other spoonbill species. Good luck in your work and travels. I am now on the road and, over the next two weeks, expect to be without WiFi and often without cellular service, traveling for family reunion and leisure.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

One I've never seen before!! It's terrific.

Frank Boxell said...

A fascinating species.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that one is a special one. I love the markings on it´s head.
Superb images :)

TexWisGirl said...

love his 'tongs' for bill. :)

Marilyn Kircus said...

What a wonderful study. And here I thought we had the only spoonbills. Our roseate spoonbills at least have prettier colors.

Dave Lewis said...

Cracking good shots Stewart! Though it looks like the poor bird had missed most of his targets!

pattisjarrett said...

Wonderful shots of the Spoonbill! Hope your work is going well.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you for hosting.

Tony McGurk said...

I haven't seen any Spoonbill photos in a long time. Such wonderful birds & great photos Stewart. In the first photo it looks like he/she's laughing

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

What a cool looking bird.

photodoug said...

Stewart, interesting bird. Plus splendid photos. Thanks for sharing.

Lea said...

Wonderful images of the Spoonbill!
It looks so happy with that smiling, laughing countenance

Andrea Priebe said...

I didn't even know there was a yellow Spoonbill ... now that is a piece of work. The fine black line that outlines his face, the almost invisible eye and the single black feather wafting over the rest of his tail. I am in awe ... I really love this bird and am so pleased that you posted him even if from Scotland :)Our Spoonbills are pink and not so distinguished looking, though also an awesome bird. Nature sometimes just gives me shivers :) Hope you are enjoying your travels ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

TheChieftess said...

God surely has made some odd looking creatures in our world! That beak is pretty interesting!!!

Missy George said...

Love the colors in his tail..Super photos of this majestic bird..Hope you aren't working too hard..

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos of this bird, Stewart. I like seeing it, because we don't have any where I live. (I think there might be some like this in Florida, USA, but not in Connecticut, where I am.) Also, the overall "structure" of this bird reminds me of the "Great" Egrets and Herons. They all have a similar large body size/shape, and long looping neck. Plus a long bill. (They all are similar, but not identical. But it makes me wonder if they all originated from the same common prehistoric ancestor "type.")

June Caedmon said...

What a neat bird, Stewart! I love the black lines detailing his face - gives him an interesting expression, lol! Safe travels!

A Quiet Corner said...

You are so fortunate to have seen this bird, Stewart. I've only seen them in captivity...:)JP

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Wow...