Saturday morning we spent quite a while watching this roseate spoonbill in the marsh pond. During most of that time the spoonie was standing on one leg with it’s bill tucked behind his back, napping. About the most action we saw was when it would occasionally wake up and preen a bit before going back to sleep. But I really wanted some action photos, hopefully including some flight shots, so I waited him out figuring he had to get up at some point and likely fly off to the far back edge of the pond where a lot of the wood storks were congregating.
Finally our fluffy pink friend woke up and then I saw it…the look. I knew from prior experience watching these birds that they often get a certain almost imperceptible look about them when they are preparing to takeoff. Sure enough, he angled his head toward me then back straight ahead. He did this little bit of a drop down in preparation for liftoff, and that was it, he took flight!
He did indeed fly off toward the far back end of the pond where he joined his wood stork friends in a tree, but I got the shots I wanted…patience paid off! 🙂