A large, beautiful waterbird that I spotted a few times at Herdsman Lake. It is possible to be within a few meters from it without making it nervous and start walking away.
Doesn't it look like the bird character in Sesame Street? Except for the long spoon-like bill.
The yellow-billed spoonbill feeds by wading slowly in shallow water and sweeping its bill from side to side to catch aquatic insects.
The bill of the bird has vibration detectors inside the spoon, which helps it detect its prey even in murky water, day or night.
Birds in Backyards - Yellow-billed spoonbill
OzAnimals.com - Yellow-billed spoonbill
Guide to the wildlife of the Perth region (Simon Nevill Publications)
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