Yellow-billed Spoonbill (2)

Here are some more pics of the Spoonbill. Click here to go to more pics.

When the water in this pond fluctuates in depth, fish get trapped, making it an ideal place for birds to feed. However, the big fish in the pond are too much for a Spoonbill to contemplate.

What’s that I see behind me????
The carp, not a native fish, grow quite large
I wonder if this was a successful snap of the bill?
More like two spoons really…

It’s Going To Be Hot

If plants could talk, listen to what they’re saying about tomorrow, the first over 40 degree C. day of quite a few to come.

“I think I’ll hide.” This one’s trying to protect itself from the sun by growing a fringe.

“Nope, I’m done. I’ll just rest down here on the cool lawn.”

“Yep we’re all with you, going down,”

“We’ve seen better days and survived. But what do you mean there’s hotter to come. Ahhh!”

In my wheelbarrow….

It’s an old wheelbarrow, minus wheels, sitting on the ground, a container for this odd plant that I like a lot.

I was testing the camera after the zoom lens stopped zooming. Dr Google advised to throw it away. However my talented and patient husband took it all to pieces and put it back together, minus a tiny piece of broken plastic, smaller than a rice grain. It now zooms again.

Just as well it was fixed. I love my cheap Macro zoom!

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD)

Life in Colour – Brown

For Heyjude’s Travel Words Challenge

Nature camouflages many animals using lots of shades of brown. Here’s a selection.

When you look. many animals blend in with the bark of trees.

Look closely

This bird was really hard to spot.

A very shy little bird

It took me a while to spot this nest perched up in another tree.

This rabbit was hiding in the shadows.

These brown ducks were happily in full view.

Peaceful Dove

This is a Peaceful Dove. It is sometimes called a Zebra Dove because it has black and white stripes around its neck. I often hear it calling, yet don’t often see it around. I must be looking in the wrong spots.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (1)

There are many varieties of Spoonbills. This one is a Yellow-billed Spoonbill. It is notable for its strangely shaped bill. It has black markings on its face and black coloring on its wingtips. It also has some distinctive feathers around its neck. They are not uncommon here in Victoria, Australia.

I saw this Spoonbill fishing in a small. shallow pond nearby my house. It lies adjacent to a lagoon, where the water level is adjusted up and down depending on demand for irrigation water by farmers. It ignored me and continued to fish by sweeping its bill from side to side, presumably catching lots of small fish to eat.