Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

A pair of Roseate Spoonbills approached the pond where I was watching the White Pelicans and dropped low for a landing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By
Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

I focused on the bird in the lead as he circled towards the back of the pond.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond

He kept right on going passed a Great Blue Heron.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond, Great Blue Heron Watching

The pair landed with a couple of White Ibis and immediately began feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbills with White Ibis pair

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019

Roseate Spoonbills

More than other wading birds I see the Roseate Spoonbills often act like they are playing “king of the hill,” jockeying for the top spot or poking at each other to move along.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & Cormorant

When pushed enough they take a less desirable spot on this little clump.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

This pond is not tidal; the water level is controlled by the SC Department of Natural Resources and on this day it was high. There is an inlet behind where I was standing that is tidal and when the tide goes out the Spoonbills will fly over there to feed in the shallower stream. In the meantime they amuse themselves, and me, with tree antics.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

May 2019, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Treetop Roseate Spoonbills

I had been hoping to find some Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the pond.

Treetop Roseate Spoonbills
Treetop Roseate Spoonbills

Instead a group of six or eight were hanging around in some tree tops, probably waiting for the tide to go out so they could feed.

Treetop Roseate Spoonbills
Treetop Roseate Spoonbills

A couple of them were quietly resting while the others kept nattering away at each other and the tree.

Treetop Roseate Spoonbills
Treetop Roseate Spoonbills

They were grabbing the branches with their beaks apparently just for entertainment as they only eat crustaceans out of the water.

Treetop Roseate Spoonbills
Treetop Roseate Spoonbills

Alligator Sliding Into the Pond

When I saw the big Alligator moving I was ready for the Spoonbills to fly or the Alligator on the right to react. Anything.

Alligator and Spoonbills
Alligator and Spoonbills

No, this time the Alligator slid into the water without any fanfare; none of the other creatures cared at all.

Alligator and Spoonbills
Alligator and Spoonbills

Evidently the big guy didn’t have any cares either, and just floated in place once he cleared the bank.

Alligator and Spoonbills
Alligator and Spoonbills