Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 29, 2009

Royal Spoonbills

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 3:22 am

Ash Island , January 29th, 2009.

Here are the photos from my session this morning at Ash Island. I really like Royal Spoonbills. I am not sure why but they are so regal. ha ha. Thats a joke! Their scientific name is Platalea regia.

Royal Spoonbill

They sweep their bills from side to side, feeling for something to eat. The main food they like to eat in fresh water is fish and in saltwater, they will eat shrimps, crustaceans, and aquatic insects. The spatula-shapped bill has many vibration detectors which they use to catch their prey. They like to hang about in freshwater or salty wetlands or tidal flats and estuaries.

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

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