Roseate Spoonbill

Nikon D7000, f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO-1000, FL200mm

During our vacation Florida I was able to get a few photos of the Roseate Spoonbill. They are somewhat of a rare sighting and
talking to a few birders they feel fortunate whenever they can get a few pictures. I'm assuming the other bird is its mate.

Here is a short discription from a website I found about the bird.
"Gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close is the Roseate Spoonbill. Locally common in coastal Florida, Texas, and southwest
Louisiana, they are usually in small flocks, often associating with other waders. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking
forward slowly while they swing their heads from side to side, sifting the muck with their wide flat bills."

Posted by Gerry Vrbensky on Tue, 05/22/18 14:27
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Comments by Gerry Vrbensky on Tue, 05/22/18 14:27

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Tue, 05/22/18 14:57

Quite a striking contrast between the male and female roseate spoonbill. I would assume that the male bird in the opening picture is the same one as the second picture but the perspective creates a sense of lean in the opening image while in the second one as a sense of the bird being rather plump in nature.

The pinkish hue of the feathers really serves to make the bird stand out strongly against the green foliage in the second image.

The only roseate spoonbills I've seen are in the tropical house at our zoo.