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By Magpiemick  

SPOONBILL...Platalea leaucorodia
This is the second Spoonbill at Rainham Marsh RSPB for 2007, a younger Sub-adult this time...But just could get any closer so this is heavily cropped.
The bird showed well and was harassed quite a lot by the Black headed gulls.



*** UPDATE *** Sunday 7.34am its still there !!!

Tags: Wildlife London Birds General Rspb Spoonbill Rainham Wildlife and nature

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User_Removed 16 407 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2007 6:47AM
Nice action shot. Nearly everytime i've seen spoonbills their sleeping! Would be tempted to clone out the other gulls. Great image
KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
20 May 2007 7:26AM
A lovely action shot, and the Spoonbill is presenting it's beak perfectly! I like how you've caught the gull hovering too. Good shot!
Shroomer 16 14 167 England
20 May 2007 9:05AM
Fantastic action shot, great detail even so far off and it shows the environment well.
Great capture you must have been on manual focus as well I presume Mick so even more special
PS thanks for the correct answer on the dragonfly for Ron the other day, we now have them sorted
riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
20 May 2007 10:19AM
they're magnificent birds, saw two for the first time two years ago, got some shots but was never close enough to capture them well. Different shot with the harrassing gull, like it
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
20 May 2007 11:07AM
Continuing your capture of the unusual species Mick. Excellent shot and so nice to see the interaction betwwen the birds rather than the straight portrait.
Spot on
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2276 United Kingdom
20 May 2007 3:08PM
Wow, something different, and so well captured. Although I like the gull overhead (like two pictures for the price of one), I think I would have cropped out the others at the very top.
SueWB 16 England
21 May 2007 9:53PM
So glad you uploaded one!! Wonderul capture
Thanks so much for the heads-up....just wish I could have gone to see it myself :-(

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