Yellow-billed Spoonbills by KenG ()
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Yellow-billed Spoonbills forage with some white morph Pacific Reef Herons with my new Shorebirds Volume 4.
These spoonbills are commonly found in eastern, northern and southwestern Australia and occasionally seen on the remainder of the continent. They are a vagrant to New Zealand, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. The bill of the yellow-billed spoonbill is narrower and works more like a forceps than the larger-ended and more spoon-like bill of the royal spoonbill, which acts like a pair of tongs. It catches its prey by sweeping its bill through shallow water and swallowing prey once it is detected. When slow sweeping, the spoonbill walks with the bill at an angle at about 60 degrees to horizontal and with the bill tip open about 2 to 4 cm (1 to 1.5 in), sweeping an arc of around 120 degrees in front of the bird. The bird walks slowly, kicking up debris and small animals from the bottom of the water, which it then senses and catches with its bill. When an item is detected, the spoonbill switches to intensive sweeping of the target area.
The Pacific Reef Heron is found in many areas of Asia including the oceanic region of India, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Polynesia, and in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. This species is polymorphic (non-sexual dimorphism), with white and dark gray colored morphs. Evidently, the two color morphs do not get along; intra-specific aggression resulting in death has been observed, with a dark-morph bird killing a white-morph bird in Northeastern Australia.
Rendered in Iray without any post work. Models include Stonemason's Willow Creek and my Songbird ReMix Shorebirds Volume 4 and a barely noticeable Australian Tiger from my Nature's Wonders Damselflies & Dragonflies set.