He’s Still Here!
Well at the risk of boring everyone with yet another series of our favorite solitary spoonbill, I felt compelled to post these photos today. We hadn’t seen Mr. Grumpy in a couple of days and I began to get concerned that perhaps he had left us to spread joy and cheer at a different marsh. So last night we went out hoping to see our cranky friend but what we initially saw instead was a few juvenile spoonbills in the salt marsh. However, when we saw one spoonie and one spoonie only, fly into the pond we suspected it could be our resident loner and sure enough it was!
Once we got into a location with a good view of him that’s when the fun started. It’s possible he missed us too because he began to put on a show unlike anything I had ever seen. He kept raising up his wings and prancing around in all directions making sure everyone had a great look at his bright pink plumage. He walked forward, then turned and walked back. He walked to the right, then turned and walked to the left, all the while in full display mood. What made the entire event more remarkable was that it all happened as the sun was setting which at times cast a warm red glow on the bird making him even brighter then usual. Toward the end he looked back at me as if to say…”are you getting this?” I would have been happy to pay admission to this show!