Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

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

Roseate Spoonbills, Brief Touch Down

Another Roseate Spoonbill fly in, showing off the pink

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By
Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

The approach

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree
Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree

An awkward one two landing

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree
Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree

Flap to stay upright

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree
Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree

Maybe this wasn’t a good choice

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree
Roseate Spoonbill Landing in Tree

Moving on

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Off
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Off

February 3, 2022

Feeding Pool: Roseate Spoonbill Dropping In

The arrival of Roseate Spoonbill got my attention  ahead of us in a small pool at the edge of the wildlife drive. Fortunately another came along behind him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

This Spoonbill circled the pond then dropped right in to join the feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

The Spoonbill landed at the edge, where Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and a Tricolored Heron were lined up.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

Some of the birds were feeding at the edges, and others were dancing across the water

Roseate Spoonbill Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron made a run across the water.

Roseate Spoonbill In, Tricolored Heron Out
Roseate Spoonbill In, Tricolored Heron Out

The Spoonbill immediately started feeding with the tried and true water sifting method.

Roseate Spoonbill Feeding
Roseate Spoonbill Feeding, White Ibis, Gloss Ibis in back ground

Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill With a Stick

This Roseate Spoonbill really wanted to sit in the Spoony Tree with his stick. I didn’t see him arrive, but think he just flew up from underneath the tree.

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill With Stick In the Spoonie Tree

Who knows why, it’s not breeding season yet and he doesn’t look like he’s of breeding age based on still having pin feathers on his head.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He took off when the Cormorants started squawking at him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

The Anhinga was not impressed when he came right back.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He headed across the dike, where he promptly landed in the mudflats and abandoned the stick for some fishing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021