African Spoonbill - Birds

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African Spoonbill

Platalea alba

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: approx. 2kg (4.5lbs)
Wingspan: 1.2-1.35m (4ft - 4ft 6in)
Body lenght: approx. 0.93m (3ft 1in)
Wild population: 10 000 – 100 000 individuals
Lifespan: 25-30 years
Gestation: 3-4 eggs, incubation after 21-25 days
Voice: silent, sometimes “uunk-uunk“ like flight call
Identification: white head, neck, body and wings, red face and legs, long gray bill flattened into spoon shape with some red on the edges of the flattened end of the bill
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagaskar
Habitat: freshwater shorelines in shallow water of lakes, lagoons, marshes and rivers

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Techniques used to obtain food from the water include slow sweeping, intensive search, dragging, probing, and grabbing. It sweeps its bill from side to side, straining small items from the water and snapping at frogs and fish. Sometimes it probes in the mud. Its a rather shy and quick to fly off.
They fly with the necks outstretched. Flocks fly often in V formations.
It builds an oval stick platform nests in trees or reeds in colonies of up to 200-250 pairs.

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba ) -
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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/1000 s
stativ:GITZO 1541T + MA 322RC 2
location:South Luangwa, Zambia