Spoonbills!!

Here are some flight shots of our pink visitors, the roseate spoonbills! The first fourย are from yesterday evening and the last four were taken this morning. We continue to be thrilled to have these amazing birds spending time in our marsh area and hope they stay all summer, and if we are very fortunate they may have some friends stop by in the coming weeks!

Spoonbill Evening Flight

Spoonbill Evening Flight

Spoonbill Evening Flight

Spoonbill Evening Flight

Spoonbill Morning Flight

Spoonbill Morning Flight

Spoonbill Morning Flight

Spoonbill Morning Flight

39 thoughts on “Spoonbills!!

    • I have no idea why that posted, but here’s the rest….
      I am very envious that you have, not only these wonderful Spoonies, but so many waders to shoot. We have a very nice swamp here by our rail trail but lately there have been very few wading birds. I’m not there every day but often enough to notice the lack.
      I will be looking forward to more of these, Phil.

      • thanks very much Steve I’m happy you enjoy seeing our local wildlife. I like the big waders the best and those along with anhingas and skimmers are my favorite birds to photograph. Of course I’m partial to our resident alligators as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • They are colorful and interesting birds for sure. I’ve heard that shrimp helps make them a brighter pink and they do eat a lot of shrimp but they would be naturally colored pink top a large extent anyway.

  1. Of course my mind immediately went to “are they related to flamingos”. I do love the bill! Beautiful coloring, and shots.

    • I think they would be more closely related to wood storks and ibis, not in terms of color but more how they feed and behave.
      They are amazing birds though and you gotta love the pink! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What fabulous birds, Phil. Love all your amazing shots of them in flight. You’ve done them proud. ๐Ÿ™‚ It must be so thrilling to actually be there to see them in person.

    • It is a thrill for us to see them and people literally drive for hours and come from all over when word gets out that that the spoonies have arrived, and I think we all know who gets the word out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How great that you have them visiting you! And the shots are all fantastic.They will be coming my way in a couple of months so I guess it’s about time for me to dust off my cameras.

    • We were excited when one arrived but are totally pumped now that five are here and seem to be staying in the general area. They are often far out in the marsh where we can’t see them but when the wood storks come in I figure the spoonies will not be far behind.

  4. You lucky man! What a glorious sight and what great flight shots! The Spoonies stand out so beautifully again any background, don’t they?

    • We do feel fortunate to be able to see these colorful birds even if it’s only occasionally. I’m glad you noticed the background Maggie, I purposely try to capture them flying against green trees or marsh grass because I feel they stand out so well against those colors!

    • They are cool birds! I usually wave a bag of shrimp at them which almost always works. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Seriously though I have spent a lot of time observing them and trying to learn their behavior and body language. So if I think they are going to fly a certain direction I try to be in a position (along with lighting and all that stuff) to possibly get the best angle on them for flights. I would say that 3 or 4 times out of five I predict their takeoff time and direction accurately.

  5. Beautiful birds. Maybe they will become annual visitors if they like the habitat. You should look out for banded ones. We get quite a few here.

    • They are fantastic birds indeed Andrew. I have never seen a banded one here but I’m sure there must be many in Florida perhaps. Pelicans I see banded all the time.

  6. The 5th and 6th shots make me think of a jet landing for some reason, but seeing that bill head on is pretty weird. It looks like it could be used for a paddle. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can see why you are so excited about these visitors. They sure make for some great shots.

    • Their bill is sort of spatula shaped at the end and they are fun to watch as they feed because they sweep that bill back and forth through the water rapidly hoping to pick up small fish, shrimp, and other marine crustaceans.
      Glad you enjoyed these flight photos Gunta I had fun getting them.

    • They do look like somebody ‘pinked’ the white wash Adrian, good description I’m going to remember that!
      Thanks for looking and I’m happy you liked these flight shots.

    • That font color change is all my wife’s doing. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes we are thrilled they have once again decided to visit our area.
      But I have only seen three since yesterday, hope we didn’t lose two already.

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