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Roseate Spoonbills

You have to love the pink. Actually, what’s not to love about a Spoonbill?

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills – click on photo for larger view

The profile of a mature Roseate Spoonbill in flight shows off that fabulous pink and the bill well adapted for feeding in shallow water.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight – click on photo for larger view

The Spoonbills in this group are younger with less color, but still something to look at.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills and Tricolor Heron  – click on photo for larger view

Their flight seems effortless and like most of the large wading birds they are masters of the glide.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight  – click on photo for larger view

Tricolored Heron Just Wanted Some Space

The Tricolored Herons are more solitary birds than some of the waders and we don’t see them as often as their larger relatives. This Great Egret landed almost on top of this Tricolor.

Tricolored Heron and Greet Egret
Tricolored Heron and Great Egret

The Great Egret was quickly followed by a Roseate Spoonbill. There must have been something good in the water.

Tricolored Heron and Greet Egret
Tricolored Heron, Great Egret, and Roseate Spoonbill

The Tricolored Heron selected another spot where he could have some room.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

There he was able to fish in peace, at least for a few minutes.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Spoonbills Get Points for Style

This group of wading birds was moving down the impoundment as a pack, presumably following the fish.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbills moving with the crowd that includes Great Egrets and Stilts with Wood Storks and more Egrets in the back

Many of the Roseate Spoonbills broke off on their own, preferring to feed in smaller groups or maybe needing shallower water. This older Spoonbill, identifiable by the darker pink on his wings, gets points for the big “swoosh” of water.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Setting up for the landing with uneven feet is awkward, but he pulled it off,

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

A near miss, this elegant landing scores extra for not disturbing his neighbor and for carrying a blade of marsh grass on his beak through the flight.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

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