The Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) inhabits shallow wetlands in south-eastern Australia. It uses its unusual shaped beak to sweep through the water looking for small animals to eat. Spoonbills nest on a platform of sticks either in reeds or trees such as River Red Gums.
In early spring the Yellow-billed Spoonbill can be found away from the crowds in the billabongs at the back of the Loop Track. In summer when those billabongs dry up it can often be seen roosting in the trees in the middle of Cummins Lagoon. During the colder months spoonbills head north or inland to warm climes.
The bird pictured exhibits breeding plumage – longer breast plumes and a fine black line around the facial skin.
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