Translated from Natuurmonumenten in the Netherlands:
August 30, 2010
Closeness to Groene Jonker works well
The spoonbill has been away for a long time. After 1978, no more spoonbills nested in the Nieuwkoop Lakes. The three breeding pairs in 2009 were therefore a big surprise. Warden Van Schie: “We hoped last year that they would settle here. It’s great to see that this year some 28 nests were made.”
Fidelity to breeding ground
Everything indicates that the white birds found a new permanent breeding area in the Nieuwkoop Lakes. Spoonbills are faithful to their breeding ground. The juveniles usually go back to where they were born to make their own nests. Also the Groene Jonker area is still attractive for food; and for the past two years, the colony has not been disturbed.
The spoonbill – which has bred only four times in Britain in the last three centuries – has had a stunning success at Holkham, and for the first time in over 300 years the UK has its own breeding colony of these beautiful crane-like birds: here.
Wildlife Extra: Spoonbills targeted by hunters in Malta: here.
Migrating Dutch spoonbill on ship: here.