Scientific name: Platalea leucorodia
Nature Stars: 90
About: The Spoonbill is a relative of ibises. Almost as big as a Grey Heron, the Spoonbill feeds on shrimps and other aquatic invertebrates, which it catches while sweeping its bizarre spoon-shaped bill from side to side in the water. Normally only seen in small
How to identify: A tall, white bird, easily recognised by its bizarrre spoon-shaped bill.
Where: A rare visitor, mostly to the coasts of East Anglia, southern England, South Wales and north west England.
Fantastic fact: There are 6 species of Spoonbill in the world: one in East Asia, one in Africa, one in the Americas, two species in Australia and 'our' Spoonbill, found from Europe across central Asia to India and the Far East.
Photograph credit: Dorset Wildlife Trust