“This Pond Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us!”
Yesterday afternoon we were watching this one spoonbill calmly feeding on the far opposite edge of the pond. Suddenly another younger spoonbill arrived and landed about 50 yards from the first spoonie and picked out a spot of it’s own to do a little feeding. Well the older spoonbill immediately flew over to the new arrival’s location, we thought, to greet his friend which we assumed it would be happy to see.
But not so…the older spoonbill was not at all happy to have the competition and proceeded to chase off the poor youngster, who ended up flying across the pond to hopefully gain some sympathy from a crowd of wood storks who generally seem quite pleased to have a spoonbill join the group.
Also…notice how in the last two photos spoonie applied the brakes after concluding that his work here was done!
So beautiful, yet so bad tempered! 🙂
Yes a very pretty pink but that one bird has a real attitude problem. We have been watching that same one for a few days now and he seems to have sort of an aggressive loner personality. He doe snot seem to play well with others.
I love the contrast of the pink against the surroundings; beautiful birds
I’m always happy when I can get one in and around or in front of a green setting. They usually seem to stand out best when accented with green. 🙂
Marvellous sequence. I especially like the fact you preserved the shadows.
Thanks very much I really appreciate you looking and commenting.
Thanks Sue, just wish they were closer, this was all the way across the pond.
Absolutely stunning & wonderful images.
Thank you very much Jan, glad you enjoyed these spoonbill photos.
Why do the pretty always seem to be so snotty?!
Heh heh, isn’t that the truth?! 😛 😀
Fantastic Phil but I absolutely love the first image.
Thanks very much Edith, I’m very happy you liked these!
Awesome photos, Phil.
Thanks much Gracie, I appreciate it.
Adore this post and title….
I’m very happy to hear that, thanks.
Che rosa splendido queste due spatole, risalta tantissimo sui colori dell’ambiente che le circonda.
Fantastiche, complimenti 🙂
Essi si distinguono molto bene, grazie Pat.
So, I am not the only cranky geezer in the pond. These spoonies are so wonderfully colored and you’ve captured them splendidly, Phil.
He was probably only following my lead as I was acting a bit grumpy myself earlier in the day. 🙂
Thanks for looking Steve!
A fantastic set of images! They are possibly picking up the aggression from us humans 🙂
They are getting it from somewhere for sure! Thank you for checking these out!
The pecking order is always there, isn’t it? i notice this among the horses at the barn, our cats, etc. GREAT colors. Poor little guy though!
Yes that’s true we see that in everything from fish to alligators, it’s often a case of a bigger older guy chasing a smaller younger guy. Our concern is that it’s not like we have so many here we can afford to lose some from being chased away. We want to be more spoonbill friendly around here. 🙂
These pictures are stunning ! I re blogge these on Twitter 🙂
I am very happy you enjoyed these and thank you for the twitter re blog! 😀
this first image is one of your landscape nature shots – lovely result especially love the darker chunk at the bottom
I don’t normally present photos of birds so far away but I liked the overall setting of this and I especially like how the spoonbills stand out against green.
Gorgeous set of photos
Thanks much I appreciate that!
I’m in awe!!! the first one is poetically beautiful! Love the last shot.
Wow thank you so much Amy, I greatly appreciate your very kind comments!
awesome photos.. how lovely the birds are with those pink-colored wings.
We really look forward every year to a visit by our pink friends! Glad you liked these pics!
Great photos and story. The brakes are wonderful. I wonder what he would do if he caught up with the intruder or is this psychological game?
I have seen this several times now, all he does is keep chasing the younger guy around. Well, sometimes he snaps at the little guys legs too. 🙂
Thanks for checking these out and glad you like ’em!
Nature is full of interesting episodes. Love the photos in this sequence and your explanation. Thanks!
Thank you Deb and yes indeed, the never ending possibility of excitement in nature keeps us going back out there as mush as possible.
So glad you enjoyed these spoonie pics!
He probably scared off all the fish in his fishing hole too. Your sequence is just plain great!
He probably did but he got in such a frenzied mood that I guess at that point he didn’t even care. And why I don’t know. The little guy looked like he just wanted a friend. Thanks!
Gorgeous sequence once again! The older spoonie looked like it was water-skiing at the end there. What an old grump!
Thanks I’m happy you enjoyed these and yes he sure put the brake son at the end there!
He was being a huge grump, especially since there is plenty of room for lots of birds but I guess just not that one.
excellent, I share ♥
Merci Jean-Paul I appreciate that! 😀
This post really made me laugh, Phil. That old spoonie may be really pretty to look at, but he really needs to polish his manners and learn to share his territory. Love the last two ‘braking’ pics. 🙂
I don’t see why he can’t (or won’t) share. He did not seem to have a problem with many of the other birds or the little alligators that kept gliding by so why pick on his younger pink friend?!
This should be a masterpiece, dear Phil. Fascinated me. The nature world is great and your photography is great too, I loved them so much, Thank you, love, nia
Thank you very much Nia I am so happy you enjoy my views of our local nature!
excellent series, amazing pictures!
Have a nice day
Thank you moni I’m very happy that you liked these spoonbill photos!
Thank you I’m very happy you enjoyed these spoonbill photos!
An amazing series, Phil. I love the brilliant colours and the way everything is reflected in the water. Beautiful!
Thank you Karen for your very kind words.
How lucky you are to be in the company of such magnificent birds 🙂 Amazing takes, Phil!
I am happy to be out there watching them Paula and I’m glad you enjoy seeing the photos!
There is certainly a real pecking order going on there! (Sorry!)