Spoonbill Webcam

Spoonbills are a waterbird, they are white in colour with long dark legs, a black bill with a yellow tip and a yellow breast patch. Whilst in flight they fly with both necks and legs extended, and in the water they feed with elegant sideward sweeps of their bill.

Their diet consists of aquatic insects, molluscs, newts, worms, leeches, frogs, tadpoles and small fish.

The female will lay a clutch of about 3 eggs, and both parents will take it in turns to incubate. The chicks will hatch one at a time.

We hope that you enjoy watching our webcams, the feeds for which were kindly provided by the Beleef de Lente Project, courtesy of Vogelbescherming Nederland and so some multilingual messages may appear on occasion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many eggs does a Spoonbill lay?

    Spoonbills usually lay 3 to 4 eggs, but nests of 6-7 eggs have been recorded. The eggs are laid between 2-3 day intervals, starting the incubation from the first or second egg. However this means that the eggs do not hatch at the same time, and so there will therefore be a difference in size between the chicks depending on when the egg was laid. When this happens often the smaller, younger chicks are not able to compete with their older siblings, and so unfortunately not all survive.

  2. What do the Spoonbills feed their young?

    Spoonbills feed their young what they eat themselves. They search for food in fresh salt water. Depending on where they look, they eat fish, shrimp and whatever other prey that can be found in the water. Once returned to the nest, the youngsters will then put their beaks into the parent’s throat, where the food is kept, and will eat a mixture of what have been foraged.

  3. I would like to put up a nest box for my garden birds, where should I site it for best results?

    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.

    If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

    A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.

  4. How often should I clean my nest box?

    Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest!

  5. Does the colour of my nest box matter?

    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.

  6. Will my nest box be used straight away?

    Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare.

    Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.

  7. I’m having trouble viewing the cameras?

    Visitors sometimes experience technical problems when trying to view the live stream cameras. A multi-lingual message usually appears on the camera display if we are aware of the issues. Please be patient, we will try and get the feeds back up and running as soon as we can.

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