Spoonbills From Opposite Sides of the World – 7/26/22

Roseate and Royal Reflections

Our New Zealand Naturalist Rebecca Bowater recently sent in a set of pics of a Royal Spoonbill.  Many of us who have been to the south-eastern states of the U.S. are familiar with the Roseate Spoonbill, a bird that inhabits shallow water with muddy bottoms.  It uses its spoon-shaped bill to stir up the mud, looking for bugs to eat.  The Royal Spoonbill looks like the Roseate Spoonbill in shape and size, but where the Roseate is colored pink, the Royal is pure white.

One of Rebecca’s shots of the Royal Spoonbill she saw in Nelson Haven, New Zealand reminded her of one of my shots of a Roseate. Take a look – Rebecca’s shot first:


Pretty cool!  Here’s another one of Rebecca’s shots of a Royal Spoonbill:


Thanks Rebecca for sharing a spoonbill from the opposite side of the world!

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