This tall, long-legged, long-necked wader has a large black beak and face on an otherwise glossy-white body. The most outstanding feature of the beak is its flat, spoon-like tip, used for detecting small items of prey in shallow water. In breeding season there is a prominent tuft of long white feathers behind the head.
Royal Spoonbill in a roadside culvert. Such a beautiful bird with that breeding head plumage, amazing bill and the yellow patch above the eye that always makes me think they look cross-eyed! Despite wandering around feeding in the dirty water, its bright white feathers were immaculate. Lomandra Drive, Brisbane Airport, Queensland, Australia.
Photographer: Jon Hawton
Taken at Bicentennial Parklands in Homebush, Sydney. This location has a number of spots to get shots of a variety of birds. I spotted this specimen hen I was driving out of the park. I had to make a hasty return to park my car and get a few shots off.
Photographer: Jenny Smith
Royal Spoonbill at Wynnum. This was the first time I had seen a group of Spoonbills moving around together and the first time I had seen one standing on one leg.
Taken with Nikon D7500 Focal length 500mm. Aperture F8. 1/800sec. Available light - morning.
Photographer: Eric Tadina
This Spoonbill was feeding in our backyard creek at Strathpine Brisbane, so I followed it along stalking it and was lucky enough to capture it's brief show of head feathers..5D4 100-400 at 400mm f5.6 at 1/500 sec
Photographer: Brendon Hughes
Taken at low light with Nikon camera, 200-500 Nikon lens, camera set at ISO-800 at f/5.6