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Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian 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: 2010-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 400, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-09 10:55
Viewed: 2739
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Genus: Platalea
Species: P. leucorodia
Binomial name: Platalea leucorodia

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

This species is almost unmistakable in 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 immature birds have a pale bill and black tips to the primary flight feathers. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

The Eurasian Spoonbill differs from the African Spoonbill with which in overlaps in winter, in that the latter species has a red face and legs, and no crest.

There are three subspecies:
*P. l. leucorodia, the nominate race, occupies all the range except as below.
*P. l. balsaci. Islands off the Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.
*P. l. archeri. The coasts of the Red Sea and Somalia.
Birds in Asia are sometimes separated as P. l. major

Habitat and behaviour
The Eurasian Spoonbill 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.

The Eurasian Spoonbill usually lays four eggs. It feeds on various fish, crustacens and amphibians.

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

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Hello Thijs,
Excellent image with very sharp details and outstanding colours.
Very nice composition. Great POV.

Hi Thijs,

You have a very beautiful view while relaxing on one foot.
The timing and composition, very well shot.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-13 1:22]

Hi Thijs.
It is happiness to meet such beautiful bird and tale so nice picture. Despite a cloudy weather (I think) shot is very colorful, exposure precise and details of the bird and surrounding grass are excellent. POV and composition are spot on. TFS and best wishes.

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