Every single day
there is something different happening
on our wetland at the bottom of our garden
where we live on the far south east coast of Australia
today I'm sharing some magnificent natural bird beauty
This image helps to give you an idea of the size
of the wetland to the left of the picture
the lake is more to the right!
If you look closely you may be able to see
a group of 3 rare Spoonbills
in the middle on the edge of the wetland!
So just to give you a bit of info about these birds you may wish
to read this little description:
Similar in build to a grey heron though slightly smaller, the spoonbill’s plumage is completely white except in the breeding season when adults show a small patch of yellowish feathers on their chest. In the summer mature birds also have a rather fetching, shaggy crest at the back of their head. But by far their most noticeable feature is the one for which they are named – that enormous, spatula-like bill. Spoonbills generally feed in flocks, swinging their heads from side to side through shallow pools of water. This is where the remarkable bill comes into its own: held slightly open it is packed full of sensors that detect minute vibrations and, once located, unlucky beetles, crustaceans, worms, small fish – even tadpoles and frogs – stand no chance of escape.
Apparently they spend much of their time sleeping
as can be evidenced in this photo below.
In fact, this one slept the whole time whilst
the other two did the hunting!
This must be the perfect feeding ground for these
magnificent birds - the crystal clear water
reflects their perfect images!
I have to admit it is rather special to be able to stand
on our deck and view these birds
sweeping their bills from side to side as they feed
on all the little critters!
To finish I'm sharing a tag which I painted, stamped an image
on to tissue paper and then covered with washi tape.
It's resting on some of my eco-dyed paper
ready to be popped into the post!
Don't forget to hop on over to Wen's blog (link above)
to view more simply neutrals!
I'm sure you will find something to inspire you there!
Thanks always friends of looking and leaving
comments! Thank you so much!