A spoon for a bill

What sort of bird has a spoon for a bill?

The Roseate Spoonbill does and the best place to see them in South America is Ibera .

The Ibera marshes is  one of the best locations in all South America for birds and for a wildlife photographer.


Great and Snowy Egrets & Roseate Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbills are one of most recognizable birds in the Americas and closely related to the Herons and Egrets. They feed by swishing their ‘spoon’ shaped bills through shallow water for a variety of invertebrate life.

In this photograph, the smaller of the two white egrets is the Snowy Egret. They feed in shallow water, carefully stalking small fish, often standing motionless until one comes close, then swiftly darting its spear-like bill down and catching it.

The much larger Great Egret employs a similar habit, but in deeper water and for larger fish.

Their different feeding methods means that many different species of birds can live together without exhausting a finite food supply.  This sustains a healthy freshwater ecology.



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