Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Lone Roseate Spoonbill in the Spoonie Tree

The Spoonie Tree is still standing, and a single Roseate Spoonbill was perched there on my last visit.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree, Alligator on the hummock to right of Pokeberry

I took a walk down the dike and an hour later he was still there, and still alone.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Just checking things out.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide Mud

This single Roseate Spoonbill was wading in the mud of a tidal creek.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The tide had actually made the turn and at this point the water was only shifting around a little.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Spoonbills have a very narrow range of water depth  where they can feed, having to do with their rather awkward anatomy.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill, Walking Away

This spot seemed to be just right

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 31, 2022

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

Follow The Leader: Roseate Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron

Note: this post was supposed to get published this morning before “King of the Hill” and for some unknown reason is marked “Missed Schedule.” Not sure what is up with that, but here it is … I hope.

Wading birds often take advantage of another bird of their own or a different species leading the way as they feed.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

It can work both ways.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron Following Roseate Spoonbill

The Spoonbill will benefit from the edible morsels that get stirred up by the Heron’s passing by as he sifts the water.

Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron

The Heron is looking for larger prey, which also can reveal their position as the birds wade around.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

These two birds stuck together for several minutes until the Spoonbill got distracted by another activity, seen in my next post.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

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

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

These Roseate Spoonbill chicks were about to get fed, and they were ready!

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks, both adults

There were at least three chicks, the two in the middle and check out the lower left corner:

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

The way the adult facing away from us kept poking down below her mate I wondered if there was a fourth chick out of my view.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

A little wider view showing more of the palm tree.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Skimmers In The Square

Usually I crop bird-in-flight images rectangularly to emphasize the flight path, but this first image worked better in a 1X1 format because he was closer to the right edge of the frame.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight

So I picked out some others that also worked square to go with it.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

The Skimmers are fascinating to watch, first flying so close together, then separating on some unseen clue.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

This next one is not the perfect mirror image capture that I would have preferred. But I like it for the shadow in addition to the reflection, the second Skimmer’s wing hinting of more action, and the still visible furrow in the water where the first Skimmer had just lifted.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight, Reflections

And I couldn’t resist another image of the Black Skimmer passing the Roseate Spoonbills.

Black Skimmer in Flight Over Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer in Flight Over Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 9, 2022

Gathering of Roseate Spoonbills

This scene greeted me when I arrived at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area last week.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret

It was hard to know where to look first.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Egret

The Roseate Spoonbills raising their beaks like this is often a precursor to flight, like a secret signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Sure enough, the crowd thinned.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

These few stayed a bit longer, performing various stretches then the one on the left gave the signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills