This was all about lucky timing. This large group was feeding and moving along a marsh canal just as I walked to an open spot. All around was tall reeds except here.
The vantage point also gave me an elevated view, the canal was almost dry. If you are a Spoonbill fan click and enlarge these images. There are many different positions and movements for the birds, a good detailed view.
Even better, they moved just a short distance away, feeding head down, and did a complete about face. That gave me the chance to move ahead of them and find another place with short reeds.
It worked out well.
The entire bowl (flock) came right by.