Friday, October 12, 2012

Roseate Spoonbill - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Roseate Spoonbill was one of the most striking birds that we saw during our brief visit to the Pantanal. We came cross it on the first day when we were driving down the Trans-Pantaneria towards our lodge. There were about 10 of them feeding in a small waterhole close to the road. A few of the birds flew away when the car approached but fortunately the others continued to feed while I photographed them.

More photographs inside.
A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
 Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil

Like the Flamingo, the pink on the roseate spoonbill is a result of it's diet. As a result, the shades of pink on the birds varies from location to location. It feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters. It's spoon shaped bill allows it to sift through mud with ease. The spoonbills diet consists of crustaceans, frogs and aquatic insects.

A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil

Ideally I would have liked to have had a longer, faster lens with me to photograph these birds. I had the 100-400mm lens on the 7D but it lacked a bit of reached. Also, f5.6 was a bit too slow for shooting handheld at this distance. A 600mm f4.0 would have done nicely but unfortunately I don't have one!

A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil






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