A water bird I enjoy seeing from time to time is the African Spoonbill (Platalea alba). This one was feeding with its characteristic side-to-side motion in the shallow water at the edge of the Domkrag waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park.

As you can see, it is a predominantly white bird with characteristically red legs, face and bill. Their spoon-shaped bill helps them to find fish, insects, larvae, and molluscs by acting as a hook to catch its food.

21 thoughts on “AFRICAN SPOONBILL

    • Africa will still be here once we can all travel again 🙂 Our provincial borders are closed now as well as the international ones.


    • Naturally I don’t get out much under the current circumstances, Dries, but I am aware that I have come to expect to see at least one at Addo and remember seeing them at the MZNP when we were there last year too. By the way, it is good to hear from you again – I trust you had a good trip home and will make the most of exploring your home province now that the borders have closed again 🙂


    • I find them fascinating to watch as they often follow in the wake of ducks or animals walking through the water. One day I hope to get a close-up photograph of their spoon-shaped bill.

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