Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Spoonie Tree with Roseate Spoonbills, and More

This tree is affectionately known as the “Spoonbill Tree” by the many photographers that frequent this location.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligator in water, Alligator under the Tree, and Roseate Spoonbills

Some days when I stop by there is lots of activity and this day in September was one of them.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Spoonbills Sleeping in the Spoonie Tree

A close look at the exposed roots and the leafless branches tell a story of a tree that is closer to the end of its life than the beginning.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligators and Spoonbills

I will not be surprised at any time to discover it has fallen over. In the mean time it is well used as a bird perch.

Great Egret and Spoonbills
Great Egret and Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
Green Pond, SC
September 20, 2020

Roseate Spoonbill Landing

A Roseate Spoonbill flew from a group at the far side of the pond to feed with this small group closer to me.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Flaps and feet down, wings wide down he dropped.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

The line of birds already eating never looked up…

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

even when the new arrival nearly crashed into the line.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 23. 2020

Roseate Spoonbills Duo

I’m always curious about bird behavior, partly because knowing what to expect can help get a better image. Seeing these two Roseate Spoonbills wading towards each other, I wondered if they would just cross paths, join together, or would one cause the other to take flight.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

This time, the younger Spoonbill, on the left, turned and went with the elder.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

The older bird, seen in the rear below, has a green head and darker pink patches on his wings that come with age. The younger bird still has some fluffy white feathers on his head.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

The pair stayed together, moving further away from me.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills, Another Opportunity

A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off

They circled the area, staying low.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off

A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.

Roseate Spoonbill Overhead
Roseate Spoonbill Overhead