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Common Spoonbill

Common Spoonbill
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 14:34
Viewed: 2724
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Genus: Platalea
Species: P. leucorodia
Binomial name: Platalea leucorodia


The Common Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae, native across southern Eurasia from Spain to Japan, and north Africa. Most birds migrate to the tropics in winter, with European breeders going to Africa, but a few remaining in mild winter areas of western Europe north to the UK.

This species is almost unmistakable through most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its dark legs, black bill with a yellow tip, and a yellow breast patch like a pelican. It has a crest in the breeding season. Non-breeders lack the crest and breast patch, and immatures have a pale bill and black tips to the primary flight feathers. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

The Common Spoonbill differs from the African Spoonbill in that the latter species has a red face and legs, and no crest.

There are three subspecies:

Platalea leucorodia leucorodia Linnaeus, 1758. All of the range except as below.

Platalea leucorodia balsaci Islands off the Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.

Platalea leucorodia archeri Coasts of the Red Sea and Somalia.

Birds in Asia are sometimes separated as Platalea leucorodia major

Habitat and behaviour:

It occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons.

Usually the Common Spoonbill lays four eggs. It feeds on various fish, frogs and other water creatures.

The Common Spoonbill is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Cropped a little
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USM 50% +2
Focal lenght 310mm
WB daylight
Exposure compensation -0,5

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fantastic capture,
I spend two days to catch some one, but unfortunately some people just frighten my subject... a guardsman from a pond.

tfs Thijs,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-26 15:21]

Hi Thijs,
Deze ben ik nog niet tegengekomen in het bos. Je hebt weer eens geluk gehad. Een wit onderwerp is altijd moeilijk maar je hebt het er goed vanaf gebracht. Goede focus en compositie.
gr. Paula

Hello Thijs,
very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-26 16:15]

Hi Thijis,This is a very good shot of the Spoonbill.very good colour ,with fine ddetail,good compostion TFS well done. good notes to.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-04-26 16:49]

Dag Thijs.
Hele mooie foto van deze lepelaar. Staat er prima op, mooie compositie en prima scherp.
Gr. Hans

Hello Thijs,
A lovely composition you have presented us with here. The Spoonbill looks great. Shame we can't see his spoon shaped bill or doesn't it have one? The image is framed nicely too.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-26 21:13]

Hi Thijs
Very good capture sharp image with nice colors.
TFS Michel

Hello Thijs,
This bird doesn't look common to me :) What an amazing beak it has... I like this composition a lot and exposure is very good with this difficult white. It is nice ti see it in the water like this. Well done and TFS,

Hola Thijs
Una foto preciosa de estas aves tan bonitas, el detalle de las gotas de lujo.
Un saludo

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