An occasional visitor to the Wetlands in Llanelli is a Spoonbill. They’re not common, so when it does make an appearance it attracts the interest of bird watchers and photographers. The trouble is that it sometimes prefers to spend it’s time out on the banks of the estuary – conveniently out of camera shot (even with a decent telephoto lens).

Fortunately – and again this is one of those occasions where luck throws it’s hand at you – the latest Spoonbill visitor decided it wanted to get nearer to the British Steel Hide for a photo shoot! I was able to capture it in flight (more through luck as initially I thought it was a swan).

Spoonbill In Flight
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It then came to rest on the enclosure side of the hide and proceeded to jump and walk around a bit. All very nicely within camera distance too!

Jumping Spoonbill
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Normally the above would be my favourite shots from a day at the WWT Llanelli. However, the one below of an Egret which has been converted to black and white is one I really like.

B&W Egret
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By the way, good news as my Sony A77 is now back from repair. It took longer that I expected but so far so good. Sony even uploaded the latest firmware update so fingers crossed that all remains well. The A55 did well but it’s just a tad too tiny.

May Wetlands Photo Set On Flickr