The African Spoonbill is an extraordinary bird. I mean seriously, it has a spoon on its’ face!
Jokes aside though, I find the adaptations of species like the spoonbill utterly fascinating. Their very long, thin legs allow them to wade through shallow water with incredible ease. Then there is the obvious ‘spoon’, this bird’s spoon-like bill is perfectly adapted to hunt in water with little visibility. Watching a flock of spoonbills feed always makes me giggle. They look like they’re doing the wiggle dance, they move their bills quickly from side-to-side in the water while shuffling forward to snap up what ever morsel the can.
They are the perfect company when having a sundowner over the Letaba River, these strange water birds somehow contribute to the peaceful atmosphere in a very special way.