Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Went for a short drive today to a local wetland sanctuary and found this spectacular -looking fellow.

He’s a Yellow-billed spoonbill (for obvious reasons!) and had built himself quite an impressively sized nest about 5 ft (1.5m) in diameter and around 18 inches (0.5m) tall. I’m not sure if he built it to attract a mate or he was guarding it for the moment, but i did not spy his good lady while i was there.

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With a White-faced Heron in the background (more of him in a later post!) 🙂

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    • Australia seems to be quite keen on crossing ducks with other animals! – We’ve got the Duck-billed platypus for example – sadly i don’t believe there are many (any!?) near where i live.

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    • I’m betting the bird has been around for longer! 😉

      It could just be though that they both see a physical benefit in the monopodal position?? 🙂

      Just as an aside, our Aboriginal natives are often depicted standing on one leg while resting a foot against the other knee! Their culture is over 40,000 years old. maybe i’m missing out on something??

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    • Thank you Carol. He’s a rare bird indeed!

      It was with my recently acquired Nikon B700 (bridge type) at a zoom = 800mm, or around 20 times. (Handheld)

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  1. What a beautiful bird. I’m not sure if I have seen one in the wild, it I have I think it would have been on vacations. I don’t know much about these birds, but I think the Cape May Zoo has a few in their aviary. I’ll have to visit again soon and take a look.

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    • I was very lucky to find one nesting! 🙂

      She(He?) was very relaxed and posed well for my camera! Hope you get to catch one but you may need to wait for Spring, unless the zoo heats their aviary?? 😉

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