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Walking by the River - The Spoonbill

Over the last couple of weeks the weather has been not so good, cold wet and miserable but I've been catching up on my walking down by the river!

I managed to spot these SpoonBill Herons and what an amazing bird they are to watch in action!

They don't dip into the water like their relatives the Herons and Ibis, they use a sweeping motion from side to side! The birds with the black bills are Royal Spoonbills and the birds with Yellow bills are called!... Yep you guessed it Yellow Spoonbills :) I hope you enjoy the images ?

Can you let me know in the comment section below if you have a spoonbill type bird in your locality ?

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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 4, 2015, 9:54 AM

Those are neat birds. As far as I know we do not have any here

CalmGemini wrote on July 4, 2015, 11:06 AM

What beautiful birds! I have never seen them around here.But I do not see much yellow on the bill of the Yellow Billed Spoonbill. What beautiful photograph! I wish you will walk by the river everyday.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 4, 2015, 2:20 PM

Never seen one in he UK or Spain either.

Kasman wrote on July 4, 2015, 2:34 PM

Spoonbills aren't to be found where I am but the grey heron is very common

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:16 AM

Herons certainly come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I don't think that we have a Blue Heron around our area. I would love to see your Blue Heron :)

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:17 AM

It's a shame that you don't have any Herons as they are beautiful to watch in action. I think that there needs to be plenty of 'water' around for the Herons to graze !

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:22 AM

Nice pick up on the lack of Yellow in the Bill! I think the shade varies with 'age' and breeding season!
I try to to walk along the river every day and some days I see an amazing amount of birds . Some days I have counted up to 15 different types of birds :)

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:32 AM

I think that the conditions need to be 'right' for the Herons to appear ! Plenty of shallow water so that they can wade and feed ?

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:34 AM

Spoonbills only come around on the odd occasion and we have the Grey Heron here and they are called White Faced Herons , very pretty bird !

scheng1 wrote on July 5, 2015, 5:26 AM

I wonder how the birds enjoy the weather, and how they manage to get food in such wet weather.

agvulpes wrote on July 5, 2015, 7:03 AM

These types of birds are wading birds and don't seem to mind the cold weather one bit !
They graze under the water sweeping from side to side with their long bill and must be filtering the food as they go!

istory wrote on July 6, 2015, 1:04 AM

We have herons here on the west coast of Canada, but not spoonbill herons. Blue herons. They are my favourite local bird. I call them "big guys". They are huge and fly quite clumsily and have the strangest squawk, almost like how I'd imagine a pterodactyl.

agvulpes wrote on July 7, 2015, 9:39 AM

We also have large Herons, some white and some grey, also a couple of different Ibis! Our Heron sound a bit like the honk of a Goose!

agvulpes wrote on July 11, 2015, 9:03 PM

lol don't worry it is not just you! They are very fast and 'twitchy' to say the least! For me that is half the fun of photographing animals in the wild.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:44 PM

You got some good pictures of them. I have never seen any in our area.

agvulpes wrote on July 16, 2015, 6:16 AM

They are not all that common around here and there are also not 'tame' and fly off as soon as they spot you :)

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 1:36 AM

You got some great shots for them to be so skiddish.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 25, 2015, 10:46 PM

I can't say I've ever encountered a spoonbill, though I've seen herons in more than one place in Canada. Apparently there are no spoonbills here in BC, and the closest relative would be the white-faced ibis. For fun, I looked up spoonbills and thought the Roseate spoonbill was very pretty!

agvulpes wrote on July 26, 2015, 12:44 AM

Thanks for the heads-up and I had a look at the Roseate Spoon bill and it sure is a colorful bird :)

cheri wrote on July 29, 2015, 10:55 PM

I have never seen that kind of bird here in our place, not yet at least

valmnz wrote on August 29, 2015, 7:03 PM

Yes and I love them. I've watched them in their evening feedings at the river mouth of the Manawatu estuary at Foxton Beach here in New Zealand.

agvulpes wrote on August 30, 2015, 8:57 AM

They are not a bird that stays in the same place for very long so you may see them One day :)

agvulpes wrote on August 30, 2015, 9:03 AM

They have an incredible eating motion, don't they? About 40 years ago I spent some time in your beautiful country and was HQ'd in Upper Hutt not far from Foxton Beach I believe?