Platalea Alba by Dominika Aniola
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Specie: African Spoonbill
Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland

The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a long-legged wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar, including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It lives in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds.

The African Spoonbill feeds in shallow water, and fishes for various fish, molluscs, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and larvae. The animal uses its open bill to catch foods by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which catches foods in its mouth. Long legs and thin, pointed toes enable it to walk easily through varying depths of water.

The African Spoonbill is almost unmistakable through most of its range. The breeding bird is all white except for its red legs and face and long grey spatulate bill. It has no crest, unlike the Common Spoonbill. Immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

Date taken: 02.10.2012
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/160s * F/4.5 * 163mm * ISO800

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture Dominika :)

  • Thank you Carol :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    Shy pose and a great shot!

  • Shy.. or sleepy. :)) Thank you!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot and pose.

  • Thank you Ralph. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot Dominika!

  • Thank you very much ;))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, so different from our Spoonbills, gorgeous bird.

  • Thanks a lot!! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 2 years ago

    Great shot and interesting info ~

  • Thank you Renee :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Unusual bird Dom.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Yes it is, thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 2 years ago

    gorgeous capture Dominika♥

  • Thanks Heather ;)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago


    November 10th, 2012
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  • Thanks Mary!! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Cheers!

    – Dominika Aniola

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