With its spoon-shaped bill, brilliant white plumage and long legs, the spoonbill is an elegant bird to spot. It 'spoons' food out of the water by sweeping its bill back and forth. In 2011, around 2300 pairs were breeding in the Netherlands, with the majority found on the Wadden Islands. Spoonbills prefer to breed in undisrupted areas within 50 kilometers from their foraging grounds. 'Undisrupted' in this case means specifically: out of reach from predators.