Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taiwan Postcard with Fish and a Spoonbill Bird

This is a Taiwan postcard featuring a fish, a building, water, and a spoonbill bird.

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Spoonbills are a group of large, long-legged wading birds, which also includes the Ibises.

All have large, flat, spatulate bills and feed by wading through shallow water, sweeping the partly opened bill from side to side. The moment any small aquatic creature touches the inside of the bill—an insect, crustacean, or tiny fish—it is snapped shut. Spoonbills generally prefer fresh water to salt but are found in both environments. They need to feed many hours each day.

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