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Common Spoonbill

Common Spoonbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-27 4:21
Viewed: 434
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During a short bike ride yesterday I suddenly came face to face with this Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

This is a Palearctic species, breeding from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in North Africa. In Europe, only The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Greece have sizeable populations. 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.

Eurasian Spoonbills show a preference for extensive shallow, wetlands with muddy, clay or fine sandy beds.

The diet consists of adult and larval aquatic insects, molluscs, crustaceans, worms, leeches, frogs, tadpoles and small fish up to 10–15 cm long. It may also take algae or small fragments of aquatic plants (although these are possibly ingested accidentally with animal matter).

More northerly breeding populations are fully migratory but may only migrate short distances while other, more southerly populations are resident and nomadic or partially migratory. In the Palearctic the species breeds in spring (e.g. from April).
The nest is a platform of sticks and vegetation which is either constructed on the ground on islands in lakes and rivers or in dense stands of reeds, bushes, mangroves or deciduous trees up to 5 m above the ground. Within colonies neighbouring nests are usually quite close together, no more than 1 or 2m apart.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
good capture. Very detailed.

Very well done Peter.

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic spoonbill, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Very nice details and excellent focus. I love this top quality image with a rare bird in my country.
Only in the Danube Delta I meet this specie.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-03-28 1:46]

A bit contrast can improve more, may my screen is too bright.
It is a perfect shot and I feel that you made a noise to let her look back.
Beautiful, TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-29 3:24]

Hi Peter,very lucky meeting with this beautiful spoonbill during your bike trip,it turn the head in the perfect way for the best pic,great quality as usual. Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-29 4:17]


Wow! What a great surprise this must have been. Outstanding rendition of the white feathers, which is always a problem to show, and a really interesting species - I would have expected to see it in Africa not Holland!!

Hello Peter,
Well captured this Common Spoonbill in its natural habitat. Well exposure and perfect timing.
Thanks and regards,

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