KNP sp bill + green bill.jpg

The African Spoonbill (Afrikaans name, Lepelaar) is a really strange looking bird with those long legs, slender neck and elongated bill with a rounded end like a spoon.

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Not to mention that bare reddish/pinkish face and the blue eyes.

Spoonbl water

They are fairly common residents and we have seen them both in the Kruger National Park and Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

Spoonbill wing

The feed with their beaks partially open and in a side to side sweeping motion.

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