Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Last Modified: 16-1-2023 23:02
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) are the only spoonbill species to breed in New Zealand, where they have self-introduced from Australia in the early 19th Century. These large waterbirds are now widely distributed throughout New Zealand, and are unmistakable with their large bodies with white plumage, and a long, black, spoon shaped bill.
Royal spoonbills feed on a range of aquatic animals including invertebrates and fish.
This example was observed at Lake Argyle.
Image Date: 15/1/2023
Photographer: Christopher Cookson
Location: Latitude: -41.680008 Longitude: 173.197739