I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Early this afternoon we found one lone spoonbill feeding in the salt marsh. This was the slightly older one, and his young friend was nowhere to be seen.
The other thing that was different was it turned out to be bath day for many of the wading birds out there today. The white ibis started the whole thing off but then to our surprise and delight, our pink friend joined in on the pool party and had a nice bath as well.
Spoonie tucked himself down low in the marsh then started flapping his wings and splashing water all over the place. It was great!
What was almost better was his next move…to shake off some remaining water, then hold out his wings to dry them off while posing and parading around the area like a super model!
The spoonbill looked quite pleased and proud of his new spiffed up appearance and if you look carefully in the last photo you can see a young alligator also enjoying the show.
I’ve also included a short 15 second video showing some of the bathing procedure and my favorite part of that is the end where spoonie turns around to walk away and gives us all a cheeky little tail wag for his finale. 🙂
This afternoon we had a pair of roseate spoonbills show up at the salt marsh during low tide.
It was great to see these guys come gliding in from far out in the marsh where they had been feeding with a large group of wading birds including, wood storks, ibis, blue herons, and great and snowy egrets.
The spoonies mostly stayed together while fishing and I saw several nice fish being caught. This is somewhat unusual as quite often the spoonbills catch and eat small shrimp and other tiny marine creatures that are difficult to even see.
You may also notice that one of these birds is younger then his friend. The juvenile is a more pale pink and his eye has not yet changed from black to red which is another sign a spoonbill is maturing.
After the seafood buffet was concluded, the pair preened and relaxed for a bit before jumping off and flying over to join some wood storks in the trees for an afternoon nap.
This evening, just as we were leaving the marsh area, we just happened to notice a spoonbill sitting in an old oak at the front corner of the salt marsh.
It was getting late and already fairly dark but just had to jump out of the car to see about grabbing a few shots of our pink friend.
I wasn’t there but a couple mins. when spoonie decided to jump off from his perch and hightail it out across the marsh for his evening roost.
Always fun to see one of these guys.
Here are more spoonbill antics from last weekend when we had the small group arrive.
They were acting quite feisty at times and one kept chasing his friend and nipping at his tail feathers. These big goofy pink birds never fail to amuse and entertain. Well, at least they entertain us, I think they sometimes drive each other nuts. 🙂
I was watching this blue heron actively fishing along the edge of the reeds in the marsh. The heron looked quite serious about his task and when I saw his attack posture I assumed he must really be on to something big.
But no, he came up with only a fairly small fish. Still, it counts. It’s a legit catch and if he snags enough of even the little ones he will get full.
Oh, and of course, I had to throw in a spoonie pic there at the end. 🙂
Well I *had* decided to give the spoonbills a bit less screen time and not post them for a day or two and give them a break. This especially since I was concerned about aggravating the alligators who have not been pictured here lately. I know how sensitive they can be and you don’t want to hurt any feelings therefore I came up with a compromise.
So here we have a potentially aggrieved spoonie but… also an alligator on a casual float and his young friend going eye to eye with tricolored heron both from this afternoon.
Is everyone happy now? Somehow I doubt it. Oh well…
A snowy egret seemed particularly shocked and bewildered over the sight of two large pink birds suddenly feeding in his area of the marsh.
It’s likely this young snowy has never seen spoonbills before and doesn’t quite know what to make of them.
Once a third spoonie joined the group, snowball realized it was probably best to walk off and observe for a while just to be sure everything was OK.🙂
Here’s one of our spoonbill friends from yesterday wanting to make sure they were missed and everyone was appropriately impressed by their surprise appearance yesterday.
I have more spoonie pics upcoming including several with their friends included as it was an interesting crowd out their in the marsh.
It could turn out to be ‘Spoonbill Week’ here on the ole blog!🙂