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King of the Hill: Roseate Spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill from my previous post hopped up on a small snag as the Tricolored Heron moved on. Being king of the hill or the first to occupy any object sticking out of the water seems to be a common Spoonbill behavior.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

It was something of a balancing act as the upturned roots didn’t provide a perch that looked suitable for those feet.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

He soon thought better of the idea and jumped down…

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

…making an easy water landing.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,  FL
April 12, 2022

Ibis Notes

Reminding me of musical notes on a staff these White Ibis were writing a song in a dead tree.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

However, they weren’t all carrying the same tune, and seemed to covet each others’ spots.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Being “king of the hill” is a popular bird theme.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Pushing right to the limit, this fellow held a long note.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

I circled around to get better light and most of the Ibis had moved on to another song.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

King of the Hill

I try not to anthropomorphize the wildlife I see but there often are similarities in the behavior, if not the intention, to human activity. These Roseate Spoonbills did their version of King of the Hill for at least an hour, with no obvious winner.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

In addition to wanting to be top bird, some of them also wanted to dismantle the “hill,” removing twigs from the main branch, eventually dropping them.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Some squabbling broke out, but wasn’t serious enough for any of them to leave.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

The pond wasn’t very deep and those pushed off the limb easily stood in the water, until they decided to push another bird off.

Roseate Spoonbills on Stick Pile
Roseate Spoonbills on Stick Pile

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