possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

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possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby phil hammond » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:23 pm

So this is old and a bit vague ---my info is a week old and third hand, but there was a report of a Yellow-billed Spoonbill near the tip of the south Manukau peninsular near Big Bay about a week ago. It has not been seen there since

From what I've read about this species they are rarely seen in salt water

just a heads up

cheers
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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby TheBirderman » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:37 pm

Hi Phil

I believe we need more info on this - did anyone take a photograph of it?
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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby RussCannings » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:41 am

Probably not forthcoming based on Phil's description Tommy but let's home someone's intrepid and lucky enough to track it down and confirm!

There are several raupo-fringed freshwater wetlands on the Awhitu Peninsula that are scopable from public roads. That would be the best place to start.

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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby RussCannings » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:28 am

I spoke to soon--apparently there are photos. Hopefully this should shed more (yellow) light on the situation!
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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby phil hammond » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:43 pm

I also have not seen the photo nor has the person that phoned me.

I and friends had doubts about the Tokaanu report 18 months ago, but still went on what turned out to be a fizzer - just in case

I know of several birders, including Noel Ward and I a few days ago, that have been out looking and think it's worth a go. I spent another 6 hours today checking out ponds, ditches, wet paddocks, a lake and anything else I could think of.

Of course each place I went to was probably a 1000 to 1 or less chance ---but that's my idea of fun

I checked Mangere storage basin and rainwater ponds, Puhinui Reserve, a lot of wet areas around Otaua and then up the Awhitu Peninsular .

The day wasn't wasted though. at Puhinui there were Brown Teal chicks, at Hoods Landing I had a good long close view of a Bittern preening, I found the Otaua Cattle Egret flock [22 in one flight but there may have been others elsewhere] and checked to see if there was anything bigger hanging out with them, and before light ran out I had made it to the lovely wetland at Awhitu Regional Park which is dripping with Fernbirds. Lots of side roads and scoping from high points along the way.

No Y B Spoonbill----but it's a big bird and they fly long distances-----could still be on the peninsular somewhere out of sight or 100s of km away by now---worth people keeping an eye out in their areas

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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby phil hammond » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:29 am

I still haven't seen the photo but I understand it's not conclusive and may be of a Royal with tricky light reflecting on to it

I for one was glad of the original alert---I will ALWAYS welcome "possible" sightings made in good faith

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Re: possible Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Postby Ian Southey » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:11 am

Through the grapevine I have heard that the photo is of a Royal Spoonbill with light reflecting off the bill so that it appears pale. Have not seen it myself but am satisfied with the answer.

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