A Rare Royal Visitor

Only once before have I seen a Royal Spoonbill roosting at the Elster Creek lake in the golf course. On a recent sunny Winter’s day I walked along the creek doing my rounds and I noticed a large pure white bird taking a nap on a log. It was larger than the local Egret. I spent some time quietly watching the Spoonbill and taking a few shots. The bird stretched, yawned, swapped legs and generally napped. The Spoonbill gave me a good look at the bill and how well it is designed for working in the sand and mud. It uses the bill in the water and down to the sandy bottom (40cm or so)  and hunts for shrimp and in freshwater mud it looks for small fish. It uses a side to side motion until something hits the sensitive part and is quickly scooped up.  It was the first time I got a good close look at the Royal Spoonbill and they have a remarkable face and bill and the toes impressed me as well. I have not noticed how big and versatile they are. Another bird I can add to the local birds list
Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

II

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

A bit of a stretch

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Underside of the bill

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Seeing the sensor pads in the wide part of the  bill

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Well balanced with splayed toes

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Wing stretch

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

Royal Spoonbill, Elster Creek

2 responses to “A Rare Royal Visitor

  1. What a cool bird! Great photos!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s