Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Two weeks ago we camped on the island of Texel. Texel hosts the largest and oldest colony of spoonbills in the Netherlands. We spotted this one in a ditch near De Petten, which is part of the Dunes of Texel National Park.

Spoonbill foraging
Foraging

 

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Shaking head
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Pruning
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Dripping 😉

 

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Flying

Spoonbills prefer to breed in quiet areas, specifically out of reach of predators. Apart from feral cats and unleashed dogs, the Wadden Islands don’t have land predators, making it a popular area to nest.

More Texel birds next week. (Oh and I still have to finish my African report)

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