Scientific name: Platalea leucorodia

Platalea leucorodia, spatola

This is a Palearctic species, breeding from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in North Africa. In Europe, only the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Greece have sizeable populations. Most birds migrate to the tropics in winter, with European breeders mainly going to Africa, but a few remaining in mild winter areas of western Europe south to the United Kingdom

[source: wikipedia]

These photos have been taken in Pianura Padana and Parma

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