Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill Age Comparison

The Roseate Spoonbills that I saw in Florida  more clearly demonstrate the differences between the immature and adult birds than those I’ve seen in South Carolina. The pink color comes at least in part from their food that they sift out of the water with their unique beaks.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbill older

Over time the pink shades darken as the pigments concentrate, they get a black band around their head and loose the white head feathers. The younger Spoonbills also have smoother  beaks.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbill – younger

These two finally stood side-by-side in a marsh for a comparison shot.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1/28/2018.

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