Saturday, 13 May 2017

Royal Spoonbill

 Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

This is the Royal spoonbill (Platalea regia). It's an uncommon bird here in Tasmania. There are a couple of spots where, in recent years,  you can generally see them. One such place is at Queechy Lake in Launceston and the other at Port Sorrel. However this was the first I've ever seen one in my local area. This seems to be an immature bird as it lacks the yellow mark above the eye and has a smooth surface to the bill. In the video you can see the way they feed by sweeping their bill side to side in the water looking for aquatic insects, crustaceans, and small fish.


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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Black-fronted Dotterel (with a surprise at the end)

Black-fronted Dotterel  (with a surprise at the end)

The Black-fronted Dotterel  (Elseyornis melanops) is a small plover found in Australia and also New Zealand. They are usually seen feeding along the edge of freshwater wetlands. They feed mainly on insects and other small invertebrates but will also eat some seeds. The photos and first section of video were taken here in Tasmania. The last section of video was taken on a recent trip to Victoria.



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