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Spoonbill with fish

By Glostopcat  
A spoonbill that visited Slimbridge Wetlands Centre for a few days last week in the process of catching a fish on the tack piece area of the reserve. I guess this one will qualify for Simon Fletcher's long running lunch series. This shot was taken on Friday morning, unfortunately the spoonbill did not come close to any of the hides, so the best I could manage was long range efforts such as this. I went back to the Wetlands Centre yesterday as the weather was set fair, but the spoonbill had already departed for pastures new so I did not manage any more shots. I did meet epzer Derek Lees, "DerekL" though, albeit briefly, I'm sure he'll be treating us all to some shots of the cranes that are nesting close to the Martin Smith Hide in the coming daysWink It's back to work again today after a short break so I'll endeavour to catch up with what you've all been up to recently when time permits. A combination of work, jobs to do at home and the recent good weather has meant that time spent on here has been rather limited recently.

Tags: Slimbridge Glos Spoonbill Wildfowl and wetlands trust Wildlife and nature

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 7:26AM
Two great captures...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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Well captured.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 7:43AM
Nice captureSmile

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
7 May 2014 7:45AM
excellent capture !
7 May 2014 7:47AM
SmileSmileSmile Wow, Ed, that's most definitely a 'Lunch' and a half shot...!!! SmileSmileSmile
Excellent timing here. Spoonbills don't normally 'share' their catches like this.

JohnoP 12 2
7 May 2014 8:06AM
Fantastic capture with the fish Ed! Smile John
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 8:17AM
Great image well done. Ted. GrinGrin
9 10 10 England
7 May 2014 8:22AM
You certainly spooned this one very nicely Ed.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 May 2014 8:32AM
Superb timing, Ed Smile Carol
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 May 2014 9:15AM
Stunning capture Ed. A great shot well timed.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
7 May 2014 9:26AM
Well captured Ed, the sort of photo that every wildlife photographer wants.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 May 2014 10:16AM
Moment caught !! Ed.
DerekL 13 191 24 England
7 May 2014 10:17AM
Great shot of a rarely seen bird in the UK Ed.
I was a bit disappointed not to see it yesterday, but came away with loads of others.
Nice to meet you at last!

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 10:19AM
Think you both should be congratulated on this catch Ed. Well done.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 11:19AM
This plump fellow looks like he doesn't often miss out on lunch!
Well captured from afar Ed.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 May 2014 12:40PM
Captured with a mouthful. Good timing Ed.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
7 May 2014 1:36PM
A very different and original capture, Ed: well done, you.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 May 2014 1:38PM
A fine shot Ed.
Although you will have a few lunches to do to catch up with Simon !!
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
7 May 2014 2:36PM
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
7 May 2014 7:06PM
Wow...captured at the decisive moment...well done
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 May 2014 7:08PM
Many thanks for all your comments folks, they are greatly appreciated, Ed
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 May 2014 8:43PM
Pity you could not get closer Ed - but it shows the bird in action.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 May 2014 8:53PM
The bird only came up close to the hide on the Saturday unfortunately, the day I was up at Prestbury Hill photographing green hairstreaks and duke of burgundys. Slimbridge on a Saturday is usually far too busy and it is often difficult to get into some of the hides, plus the place is full of screaming kids running around scaring the wildlife away!Tongue
Lucky you to see this bird, it's so beautiful. Great shot of it considering the circumstances! Well done!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 May 2014 9:02PM
Shots like this make me wonder why it was we moved.........Then I remember all the dragons and butterflies I now have on my doorstep Wink

Good stuff Ed
Outstanding capture.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 May 2014 9:49PM
You really captured this at the right time Ed
well done
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 9:06AM
Well captured Ed.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 10:09PM
Super capture Ed,

8 May 2014 10:19PM
Fine shot Ed, great timing,
8 May 2014 10:23PM
Wonderfully timed capture.

Jenny Smile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
9 May 2014 1:37PM
Why can't I give you a UA for this, it is fantastic.. Caught in the act. I watched them spooning for half an hour in Costa Rica and never saw what they got against the light !
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
10 May 2014 7:46PM
A brilliant image Ed lovely light &detail.

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