Friday, February 18, 2011

There are six species of spoonbill on the planet. In the past I've seen four of them and our trip to Costa Rica added a fifth. The Roseate Spoonbill is the most colourful of the six and is usually placed in a genera separate to the other five species, namely Ajaia. A trip to the far east will be needed to add the final spoonbill, Black-faced Spoonbill.

A Roseate Spoonbill at Palo Verde. The large and sensitive bill is waved from side to side through the water and snaps shut when it touches crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs and small fish (c) Richard Brown

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