Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills, Framed and Not

This Roseate Spoonbill got pushed out of the community tree but found a nearby perch to re-group.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

This one dropped lower in the tree to get his own space, framed by the branches.

Roseate Spoonbill, Framed by Gnarly Tree
Roseate Spoonbill, Framed by Gnarly Tree

I’m sure I commented last year that I would never be surprised to see this tree had succumbed to the forces of nature but here it still stands.

January 916, 2020

A Spoonie Tree Full

We call it the Spoonie Tree because the Roseate Spoonbills often perch there, but it really is first come, first served and this year I’ve seen more Double-crested Cormorants than Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

The Cormorants were just enjoying the sun and grooming, but the Spoonbills had a need to agitate.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

Getting an image with all heads up didn’t work out that day.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egrets came and went, mostly ignored by the others.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets

January 16, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Sunning by the Marsh Grass

It was a bit windy and cold on this late January day.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The few wading birds that were around huddled up against the sun drenched marsh grass.

Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

The Great Blue Heron needed space, the others, plus a Common Gallinule chose to stick together.

Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

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