FW: Royal Spoonbills

To: 'shorty' <>
Subject: FW: Royal Spoonbills
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2023 00:54:03 +0000

Yes, Shorty,  perhaps more individuals are around. My obs were over about 30 mins yesterday afternoon.  One presumed adult was smaller, I’d infer a female.  The other (B), more strongly marked, probably a male. Neither had breeding plumes.




From: shorty <>
Sent: Friday, April 7, 2023 10:04 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Cc: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] FW: Royal Spoonbills


Interesting that you saw adults, I went down this morning when the rain stopped for a short time and took a heap of photos of the 22 that were there and just looked through them all and no adult birds in my pics. It sounds like there are more than 22 around the area.




On Fri, Apr 7, 2023 at 7:33 AM Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Very unusual, must have been great breeding conditions inland, as suggested by all the ibis, too.  I wouldn’t try to outcount Shorty.  Among the dozen or so I got a close look at only a couple were not young birds.  Two on left below are young birds, one showing dark feather shafts.  In the bird on right the yellow patches above eyes are visible, HANZAB giving this as indication of non-breeding adult.






From: shorty <>
Sent: Thursday, April 6, 2023 2:45 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Cc: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] FW: Royal Spoonbills


22 this morning.




On Mon, Apr 3, 2023 at 10:23 AM Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Once again Shorty showed he knows how to be in the right place at the right time.  It was such a calm, mildly sunlit Sunday afternoon I accepted his tip and went there for a few minutes.  At that time the spoonbills had decided to doze off, with heads of only a small number just visible above the reeds as sub-tenants of the ibis at Dead-Tree Roost (east).  Tenants at Dead-Tree Roost (west) included at least 17 Little Black Cormorants, with more of them on the water, at least 25 altogether. I didn’t progress much further but found a Fuscous Honeyeater (non-breeding condition) plunge-bathing in front of Cygnus.  A snap from Dairy Road of a small section of  the Forbidden Ponds showed, when subject to a later count, 24 pink-ears, 4 black swans, 6 grey teal, 23 shovelers,  3 silver gulls, 4 coot, 2 hardheads, 3 black duck, 7 unidentified waterbirds.




From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of shorty via Canberrabirds
Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2023 12:22 PM
To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Royal Spoonbills


Hi all,


I stopped into Jerra Wetlands just to take a look at the Southern end of Kelly's and there were 12 juveniles and when I left there were 15. Highest count I have of them in Canberra.



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