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A flock of Spoonbills – 10,000 Birds


In Broome, probably the most dependable locations to watch Royal Spoonbills is from the Broome Poo Ponds Barndarlmada Hut. The Royal Spoonbills roost contained in the fence when they don’t seem to be feeding on the mudflats of Roebuck Bay. For a part of the 12 months we are able to’t entry the native ephemeral lakes as a result of land being flooded, however now we are able to go to them it’s all the time rewarding to see what’s there.

Final weekend we arrived at an ephemeral lake near the freeway to find a big flock of Royal Spoonbills. Properly, that was our preliminary impression as we pulled as much as observe them via our binoculars. Not solely was it one of many largest flocks of Royal Spoonbills that we’ve seen round Broome lately, however they weren’t all Royal Spoonbills. As we counted the Royal Spoonbills we realised that there have been truly two Yellow-billed Spoonbills in amongst the flock.

There have been a complete of 69 Royal Spoonbills and a pair of Yellow-billed Spoonbills, however you needed to look fastidiously to see the 2 totally different species. Fortunately if the invoice was hidden they’d totally different colored legs too! We had encountered a Yellow-billed Spoonbill within the space final 12 months that appeared to have a stick embedded in its breast, however we do not know if this is likely one of the birds now current. We all know that Yellow-billed Spoonbills breed additional south and little doubt begin to roam round as soon as they go away the breeding colony.

We all the time go bush-walking after we can and circumnavigating this expanse of water produced an excellent number of birds. The stand-out hen species for the day was undoubtedly the big flock of Royal Spoonbills, although. We selected to not attempt to get too shut, however give them loads of area. They had been nevertheless simply disturbed and moved across the lake.

Flock of Spoonbills

Yellow-billed Spoonbills left and centre

Royal Spoonbills and Yellow-billed Spoonbills

Spoonbills in flight

The Royal Spoonbills and Yellow-billed Spoonbills then landed amongst White Ibis, Shiny Ibis and Egrets, so then it was not as straightforward to rely them!

Feeding on the ephemeral lake

In case you’re questioning concerning the pink hue in most of those photographs it’s our native flowers that thrive after good moist season rains. The primary picture reveals a kind of sundew. These native flowers seem to have the ability to thrive within the poorest soil, however make for some good color in what could be an in any other case barren panorama.

Native flowers

The land will proceed to dry out over coming months and increasingly more birds will seek for water. I’ve noticed hundreds of Plumed Whistling-Geese heading to the Poo Ponds this week. It continues to be chilly and generally foggy in a single day and our socks are getting a run for his or her cash this 12 months!



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