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African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill

Scientific name: Platalea alba
Order: Pelecaniformes

The African Spoonbill is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae and is a widespread resident across Africa and Madagascar.

The African Spoonbill occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons. Usually two to four eggs are laid.

The African Spoonbill is almost unmistakable through most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its red legs and face and long grey spatulate bill. It has no crest, unlike the Common Spoonbill. Immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

This spoonbill feeds on various fish, molluscs and amphibians.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/500s f/6.7 at 600mm (EF 300mm + EF 2x TC) ISO 400 full exif

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