Wednesday 22 March 2023

Wild Bird Wednesday 556 - Royal Spoonbill

The Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) is one of the two species of Spoonbills found in Australia.  This species has a black beak (and what a beak it is!), whereas the other species has a Yellow (or pale) bill.  The second species is called the Yellow-billed Spoonbill, which is a very useful name!

This Royal Spoonbill was feeding at Werribee - and was moving very fast.  It was moving backwards and forwards in the shallow water of a pool, and also moving its head from side to side.  All in all there was a lot of motion!

In a couple of the shots you can see where the bird has left up its head, presumably after making contact with a food item.  One of the shots shows the bird with a small fish.

There were at least 20 of these birds scattered around the edge of the pool, but this one was the most tolerant of my presence.

What a great bird!

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  1. Interesting bird. Well shown Stewart

  2. Hari OM
    Looked like it was enjoying itself! YAM xx

  3. Great shots Stewart. Thank for hosting and I hope you have a lovey week ahead

  4. That's quite a bill..great shots...

  5. My what a bill. Looks like over-kill for that little minnow.

  6. Well adapted! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ale fajne! Widziałam kiedyś warzęchę. U nas są rzadkie, przylatują sporadycznie. Była bardzo daleko i nie miałam szansy zrobić dobrego zdjęcia.