Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, New View

…for the human visitors.

A swath of trees was removed this summer along the road leading to Lodge Pond at Donnelley WMA, opening some views into a tree line.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

A Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill were looking the place over.

Great Egret
Great Egret

The view from their perches didn’t change much, just that they could see down the entrance road if they were inclined to look.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Drapes of Spanish Moss gave the local a nice cozy look.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 3, 2021

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills like shallow water for feeding and general hanging around.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Unfortunately said water is not always so attractive for photographs.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

And often involves even less attractive mud.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

This duo seems to be assessing the local; they did not find it lacking.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Roseate Spoonbills — Did You Know They Were There?

I know you shouldn’t ASSuME anything, but really when there are Roseate Spoonbills in a tree ahead of you wouldn’t you think everyone present would have seen them?

They are pink, after all, no camouflage available.

Two Roseate Spoonbills at Tree Top
Two Roseate Spoonbills at Tree Top

I saw them from a distance and hoped that they would stay put until I got closer.

Roseate Spoonbill at Tree Top
Roseate Spoonbill at Tree Top

One dropped down away from me but the second oneĀ  made a big flapping display as he chose a pushing off point.

Roseate Spoonbill Getting Ready to Fly
Roseate Spoonbill Getting Ready to Fly

He got his balance and followed his pal out of sight.

Heard from my right: “what was that?”

Roseate Spoonbill Getting Ready to Fly
Roseate Spoonbill Getting Ready to Fly

This proves the point that it is easy to walk by some great subjects without even knowing they are there.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 29, 2021

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills, 3

More from Sunday… These birds were too far away to get clear images of their action and the water was dark, but they were fun to watch.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The Wood Stork in the middle with his wings out was trying to take a bath.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The water really wasn’t deep enough, but he kept splashing it around, along with some mud.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

A few Roseate Spoonbills were busy feeding around the Wood Storks.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The tide was coming in and their window of opportunity to feed is narrow, based on the depth of the water.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

I was happy to spot this set of three Wood Storks and three Roseate Spoonbills clustered together with nice reflections.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

And as occasionally happens, the group formed an even more visually pleasing arrangement.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

It never lasts for long.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

This was my first time seeing Roseate Spoonbill chicks and I must say those little spoonbill beaks are quite cute. Those few sticks between me and them were a disappointment, but to be this close to a nest was pretty amazing.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Siblings.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Having a look around.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Testing out the gear.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

From the boardwalk, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 29, 2021

Close Quarters in the Rookery

A Snowy Egret landed in the fronds of a palm tree where a pair of Roseate Spoonbills had a nest.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

The standing Spoonbill pushed at the Snowy Egret to move along. Not enough room here for all of us.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

That didn’t work so both of the Spoonbills gave a squawk.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

A double poke from the Spoonbills followed.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

The Snowy Egret finally got the message.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest