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Eurasian Spoonbill

Platalea leucorodia


Large white wading bird 80-90 cm long with a wingspan of 120-135 cm. Pure white although may have brown staining on birds with older plumage. In breeding, the adults have a crest at the rear of the head, an ochre breast patch and of course all adults have the characteristic long black bill with the spoon shaped end and a yellow tip to it. Juvs. have a light coloured bill with pinkish legs that turn black as they mature.


These birds in a small breeding colony north of Amsterdam in Holland. Found in dense woodland strip between the road and a large body of water in a suburban area.


This bird has four young that I could see.

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triggsturner a year ago

Thank you PN for the honour of 2nd equal place for the birds. And thank you to all that have commented on and liked this spotting. It is wonderful to have such support for the spottings I put up. I truely appreciate that.

Congrats Robert

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Congrats Triggs, lovely shots!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Another well-deserved achievement, Robert...Congratulations!

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a year ago

Very beautiful spotting👍...and all are an inspiration to me, sir....

SukanyaDatta a year ago

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your spottings are ALWAYS wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Robert, this spotting came equal second in a tied vote in our 2018 Best Wildlife Photo Competition, Bird category!



triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Mauna for your comment. Much appreciated.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago


triggsturner 2 years ago

Thanks Rach for your comment. I was just on the pedestrian sidewalk with traffic going both directions and these guys didn't seem to care at all.

remkinloch 2 years ago

Excellent photos - amazing they are so close to human habitation.

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Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands

Spotted on May 28, 2018
Submitted on Jun 9, 2018

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