Spoonbill studies

The Yellow-billed Spoonbill is rather unremarkable when seen from a distance. Up close however is a different story.

They possess a number of striking features, including neck and back plumes, together with distinctive patterning on the bill and around the face. This series highlights the beauty of this common local water bird.


Detail of the face and bill.


Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 24th April 2015.


Black tips visible on some of the primaries.


The dark feather vanes are noticeable when back-lit.


Black plumes emerging from the back with straw-coloured neck plumes visible in this study.

3 responses to “Spoonbill studies

  1. A beautiful bird!

  2. Terrific sequence of shots capturing amazing detail, some I have never seen or noticed before such as the black plumes.

    • Thanks John – enjoying looking at you blog too – great set of flycatcher shots.
      All the best, geoff

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