Royal Spoonbill with prey

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Subject: Royal Spoonbill with prey
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:25:49 +0000
This Royal Spoonbill has just flicked its prey towards its throat.
Somehow the spoonbills manage to separate their prey from other
materials they pick up when they capture the prey. I have observed the
spoonbills catch many Gambusia over the past fortnight at Kelly's. The
fish in this image would be between 20mm (if an adult male) and 40mm (if
an adult female) long.




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