I took these images from a boardwalk, above the action, in the late morning when the sun was nicely angled into this corner.
From this angle I could really see how the bird was rotating his wings, not just flapping.
The maintenance crew had been flushing the water in this pond.
I could see the bottom suspect that it is some kind of cement or manufactured material to hold in the water and ensure the alligators can’t burrow out.
This fellow wasn’t having great success on cleaning his shoulders, which may explain why he kept at it.
Taking a pause…
St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL
January 20, 2023
13 thoughts on “Roseate Spoonbill Taking A Bath”
these are beautiful! I love spoonbills! they are ugly and beautiful at the same time.
Thank you Mary. They are quite fascinating birds, that mix of color and pre-historic shape.
That last picture is filled with calmness.
The calm before another fluff up!
What a fun series of action photos, Ellen–the different wing positions are fascinating and the colors of the spoonbill are amazing.
Thanks, Mike, glad that you liked them.
A pleasant splash 🙂
These are wonderful, Ellen 😊
Thank you, Belinda!
Wow, this must have been exciting to watch!
It sure was, Sam!
Bath series are always enjoyable in my eyes, great series! The last reflection shot is beautiful, Ellen.
Thank you, Donna! I was amazed how clear that water was.