In perfect formation, three adult whooper swans glide into an icy lake in Hokkaido, Japan. Light reflecting from the ice illuminates their beautiful plumage, the glowing birds contrasting with the deep blue hillside.
There are 6 species of Spoonbill birds in 2 genera distributed over much of the world. They're monogamous for one season at a time. All Spoonbills have large, flat, spatulate bills and feed by wading through shallow water, sweeping the partly opened bill from side to side, when any small aquatic creature touches the inside of the bill it is snapped shut. Spoonbills generally prefer fresh water to salt but are found in both environments.