Monday, 23 May 2011

Macaronesian Spoonbills

Following on from my last post, a couple of ringed Spoonbills I've recorded recently whilst on my travels. The 1st-winter Spoonbill (above) got itself lost on the Azores, and when I saw it back in February at Lagoa das Furnas, it was allowing approach to just a few yards. It was ringed at Beveren, Belgium, on 21/7/2010 and was first seen on the Azores on 29/11/2010.

In fact, it was only earlier today that I received the details of another ringed Spoonbill I recorded at Barragem de Poilao, Cape Verde, on 30th April 2011 - again a 1st-winter, it turned out this was a French bird, ringed as a nestling on 13/5/2010 at Lac de Grand-Lieu, Loire-Atlantique.

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