BPW: Hot Spoonbill-on-Spoonbill action!

You never know what kind of behavior you’ll see from a bird blind. If the blind is good (and the birders are quiet), the birds should be comfortable and you’ll get to see them acting naturally. From the Grauwe Gans hide in the Oosvaardersplassen area, I spent some time watching a pair of Eurasian Spoonbill allopreening. Allopreening is mutual grooming, usually associated with pair bonding. Spoonbills have such long, unhandy-for-self-preening bills, I’m not sure this is pair-bond behavior or simply a mutually beneficial preening co-op between friends. Notice the surrounding geese are also taking the time to beautify themselves. Click on any picture to embiggen.










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5 Responses to BPW: Hot Spoonbill-on-Spoonbill action!

  1. Mick says:

    Very interesting series of photos. It’s always interesting to see birds when they don’t know you are watching them.

  2. Mike B. says:

    Great shots! It looks like one of the spoonbills is standing on a goose.

  3. Larry Jordan says:

    Great shots of the Spoonbills preening. It has to be tough to get the neck feathers with those bills.

    Observing nature undisturbed is definitely the best way to learn animal and bird behavior.

  4. A great serie of shots. I have never seen this bird so it is great. Thanks for sharing.

    Welcome to visit my swedish birdblog.

  5. dreamfalcon says:

    nice series. I think it’s a good contrast that on the same photos you have the geese who are able to preen themselves more easily.

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