Spoonbills at Kelly's

To: "martin butterfield" <>
Subject: Spoonbills at Kelly's
From: "Sue Lashko" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 22:50:24 +1100
On Sat, there were 4 spoonbills out in the paddocks, 2 of which were probably the Kelly's Swamp birds, so maybe there could be 2 potential nests.

On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:40 PM, martin butterfield <> wrote:
Thanks to all for the responses.  I will put in an incidental "nest building" record.  Looking at the last ABR, Steve Wilson's book, and the 2nd Atlas it seems that breeding for the species is not usual for the area. 

Anthony: is this worth an Odd Ob summarising the comments for the benefit of those not on this chatline.


On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:47 PM, Alastair Smith <> wrote:

Martin et al,

Geoff Duggan and I saw a spoonbill carrying a branch to the tree in the middle of the pond on Sunday afternoon.




From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Tuesday, 28 October 2008 6:27 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Spoonbills at Kelly's


This afternoon two Royal Spoonbills were perched in the tree on the small island in front of Cygnus hide.  They appeared to be quite friendly - for a while I thought a CO record was in the offing.  However the bird on the right in the attached image appeared to be on a defoliation mission WRT the tree, stacking its booty around its feet.  I got the distinct impression it was building a nest but couldn't get a good enough view to confirm this.  Other observers might like to keep an eye on this.


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