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Meadow gate in morning light
In Misty Morningland
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!! )
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.
Because of the beauty shown in this picture:
SAFE our waterlands and PROTECT our birds!
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
This image was featured on the Redbubble Home Page on Oct. 31, 2009 – That really is a great honour!
Thank you so much, Redbubble!
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