Spoonbills in my backyard

steppeland

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Copyright © 2009 Steppeland – All rights reserved
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Meadow gate in morning light

In Misty Morningland

Group of three Eurasian Spoonbills ( Wikipedia ) , in the wet grasslands on the shore of a little lake in Diemerbos (Diemen Woods)

Diemerbos collection
Diemen, near Amsterdam South East, the Netherlands

[2009-07-08] These are my shots of the day!! YAY :dance:
I saw these Eurasian Spoonbills last Sunday early morning, 15 minutes cycling from my home… well, yes, in my backyard so to say LOL… Never saw them this close… And it was so exciting observing them…
I tell you… I’ll be back there, looking out for them! And I do hope they weren’t just occasionally passing by… :D

(PS – I did go back several times, but no luck – I never saw them again, so they may well have been occasionally passing by that very morning… wasn’t I lucky to catch them!! )


Endangered
Eurasian Spoonbill is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – Status: Least Concern
Threats: The species is threatened by habitat degradation through drainage and pollution (e.g. chlorinated hydrocarbons), and is especially affected by the disappearance of reed swamps due to agricultural and hydroelectric development. Over-fishing and disturbance have caused population declines in Greece, and human exploitation of eggs and nestlings for food has threatened the species in the past. The species is also susceptible to avian influenza so may be threatened by future outbreaks of the virus.


Earth Keepers
Because of the beauty shown in this picture:
SAFE our waterlands and PROTECT our birds!


Technical details:
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera – captured with 70-300 Tamron lens.
f 4.6 , 1/60 s, focal length 300 mm, ISO 200

TAGS : animals, birds, threatened, wild, wildlife, common Eurasian spoonbill, diemerbos, Dutch, Diemen, Netherlands, green, white, aqua, haze, mist, landscapes, wetlands, waterlands, morning, light, rural, scenery, barnyard

Features

This image was featured on the Redbubble Home Page on Oct. 31, 2009 – That really is a great honour!
Thank you so much, Redbubble!

Inside Solo, vol 17

Featured in Image writing (August 13, 2010)
Featured in The beauty of nature (August 13, 2010)
Featured in Unity (August 14, 2010)
Featured in One, two, three (January 9, 2011)
Solo Exhibition (March 25, 2013)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups

See more
See more of my Barnyard photography
See more of my Diemerbos collection
See more of my Birds


Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)



In misty morningland


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