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Royal Spoonbill
Platalea regia

Royal Spoonbills are one of two spoonbills in Australia, with the other being the Yellow-billed. They use their highly-specialised bills in a sweeping motion to probe mud for invertebrates, sometimes working line abreast. Royal Spoonbills are quite large birds (74-81 cm), but smaller than Yellow-billed Spoonbills.
 

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

1: Rhodes, NSW, 01/10/2011.
2-3: Waterbird Refuge, Bicentennial Park, Sydney, 10/07/2009.
4: Homebush Bay, Bicentennial Park, Sydney, 19/09/2009.