He’s Back! Mr. Attitude

Many of you will remember the spoonbill from a few posts back with the huge attitude that chased off his younger rival…well he returned yesterday afternoon and picked up where he left off. Oh sure, he starts off looking all cute and well mannered, posing nicely by the salt marsh reeds and then doing a little feeding. But by the third photo you can begin to see that ‘look’.

The look is quickly followed by the attitude. He starts in with a bit of posturing and getting dramatic, all the while continuing to feed on the numerous glass shrimp that are everywhere in the shallow water at low tide. Our grumpy spoonie seemed to get along OK enough with an ibis that was busy plucking small eels out the marsh mud, but then it looked like he had an issue with an egret and it was all downhill from there…

Immediately the spoonbill took off across the marsh and chased the younger spoonbill into a tree before finally leaving the marsh area entirely. He no doubt is on his way to spread around cheer at a new location. I’m sure the other birds will be thrilled to see him! 

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill Feeding in the Salt Marsh

55 thoughts on “He’s Back! Mr. Attitude

  1. Lovely series of photos. Spoonie is a bit of a fave though, competes with our gaters for cuteness, well, if that’s the right word. Love the ibis and the egret too and the tree shot is great. Wouldn’t want that bill clamped around my wrist I tell you.

    • OK well I have to agree 100%, spoonies and the alligators are definitely tops on the cuteness chart. 🙂
      I often wonder how much pressure one of those bills has if it did clamp down on you. I have seen ibis totally and easily dismantle a large crab so I guess they do have some force behind it.

  2. Love all of the photos Phil just wish that I could have been there. Was hoping to go over today but with the rain don’t really know.

  3. His attitude comes right through in the photographs. What a look on his face, third in this series. Wow. He is definitely an alpha male. Picture with spoonbill in the pine is beautiful — the colors and textures contrast so well.

    • He really did get that look which I knew meant his attitude was busting out all over and sure enough he had to fly over and chase off his friend. I don’t often see them in trees so that was the one good part about it at least for me anyway. 🙂

    • Thanks and yes that is a fact, I have seen this same bird for several days and I think anti-social loner might just apply. Playing well with others does not seem to be on his agenda.

    • It was funny because he was making these grunting sounds while he was doing that, almost like he had a chunk of something caught in his throat. Or…maybe he was just posturing for the camera. 🙂

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