Royal spoonbills in Ashley-Rakahuri River

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GrantD
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Royal spoonbills in Ashley-Rakahuri River

Postby GrantD » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:36 pm

These are usually a very rare sight above the estuary – where around a dozen can be often seen. After the river started to dry out near Rangiora near the end of January, up to 9 were seen upstream from the town. Two were killed by collision with pylon lines. In the last few days there have been as many as 25 of them 21km up from the estuary. They seem to be just gathering with little sign of feeding. Wondering if anyone has seen such behaviour elsewhere?
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Spoonbills Ashley River
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Spoonbills Ashley River
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Jan
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Re: Royal spoonbills in Ashley-Rakahuri River

Postby Jan » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:57 am

Hi Grant, the only thing I can think of is that their population is increasing locally and they are breeding in more sites than before, is there now a breeding colony at Kaiapoi, for example?
Bev Alexander
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Re: Royal spoonbills in Ashley-Rakahuri River

Postby Bev Alexander » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:47 pm

Hi Grant & Jan, At least 1 pair breed at the Pegasus wetland, at the Northern end, this last season.
Jan
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Re: Royal spoonbills in Ashley-Rakahuri River

Postby Jan » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:52 pm

The one in the first photo with the black tips on the primaries is a juvenile, I believe.

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