This Spoonbill was present on the Nene Washes RSPB near Peterborough yesterday and today. It was pretty elusive yesterday and was not relocated after initially being seen on the river close to the reserve, but today it was showing very well on the reserve itself. This represents the first recording of this species in the PBC area since August 2008 (as far as I am aware), and is a very welcome addition to my PBC year list which has now reached 166 species.
The photographs below are only `record` shots as the bird was some distance away and the final images have been pretty heavily cropped, but the bird can clearly be seen feeding with its particular `sweeping` motion of its unusually shaped bill. To see a Spoonbill this active makes a pleasant change as normally when you see them they are asleep with their bill tucked under their wing.
This bird looks to be a juvenile and is probably from mainland Europe, where they are known to disperse from in August, although this species does breed in small numbers in Britain. The majority of these birds will spend the winter around the Mediterranean and West Africa, although some do stay in Britain.