Spoonbills at Kelly's

Subject: Spoonbills at Kelly's
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:52:12 +1100

Yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 10.45 am,  there were 4 Royal Spoonbills fossicking (in the company of two Sacred Ibis) on the grassy margin of Kelly's swamp to the right of Bittern Hide. Three at least were in breeding plumage (the fourth missed out on the photo opportunity). Two then flew away to the east. At 10.56 one of the others flew up into the tree on One-bush Island (see Kelly Swamp photo from Cygnus on COG website). It seemed to be tearing at the tree foliage. At 11.03, it was joined by the other bird.  The two birds then appeared to be synchronising some movements, head dipping etc, and then, to the naked eye, it looked like a CO event occurred (the sudden arrival of a Latham's Snipe caused confusion with our binoculars and camera). The attached photo taken a few seconds later (disregard camera clock timing). By 11.09 one of the birds had left the tree.

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