Every day we don’t see any spoonbills out in the marsh we wonder if they have finally left the area for the season. Last year they departed early and I never saw one spoonie past Sept. 1st. We have been very fortunate this summer that some were around fairly reliably all through Sept. and even Oct. But the question remained… would any stick around into November.
We were thrilled last night to find that question answered when first two, then a third spoonie showed up in the salt marsh during low tide! So we can officially say we had spoonbills into November.
Here are a few shots of them as they went about their routine much to the delight of all who saw them!
Love all these angles!!! Is it cold yet in the marsh?
So glad you like these Judy!
No, not cold yet at the marsh. Upper 70sF yesterday and just a bit cooler today.
That could be part of why some are sticking around. Although…back in 2009 I have spoonbill photos taken on Nov. 29 (the latest ever) and it was a cold Nov. so who knows? Happy we have them now for sure!
Blimey, Phil, this is a great collection of Spoonbill behavior. Kind of a “Dance of the Sugar Plum Spoonies.” 🙂
Thanks a million Steve I’m thrilled you enjoyed these spoonie shots!
Funny you should mention the ‘Dance’… they were really acting funny last night raising their bills up often in unison as if they were choreographing some moves. 🙂 I have a whole separate series upcoming on that.
I never tire of seeing these lovely pink feathered friends. Don’t seem to see Mr Grumpy lately though. Has he moved on?
Che meraviglia le tue foto, sono fantastiche.
These are fabulous shots! I just love the contrast of the pink spoonies against the overcast sky/water. It really makes the spoonies pop out at your and steal the show!
Gorgeous pics again, Phil. I wish one would come down to our back yard for the warm Florida winter. 🙂
We too are having the wading birds hang around longer. It is nice you can still take such beautiful photos late in their migrating season.
Beautiful, as usual.
Fantastic captures Phil.
Maybe they’ll stick around a little longer this year.
Fantastic in flight captures.
Such beautiful contrast, Phil! Your weather must still be good then. Where do they go when they leave you?
Very cool. I like the last shot…very difficult it seems to get a BIF shot flying right at you!
Phil, I’m thrilled for you that there are still some spoonies. Wonderfully uplifting post.
With all that great publicity that you give them, of course they would stick around. I love that fourth photo – coming right at you.
amazing color, your pictures are the greatest, love it!
Wish you a nice Sunday
That last shot is really something. The angle I haven’t seen before in your gallery 🙂 Happy shooting, Phil!
I am in love with this bird. Suchfascinating feathers! 🙂
Love the 5th and 6th pictures here – such comical birds!
Beautiful pictures! I just love how pink they are – the detail is fascinating. It must be nice for you guys to see them this late in the year!
This is amazing wing dancing… and you did great again with your camera…. Thank you, love, nia
Lovely shots! I love the outspread wings.
Wonderful photos! I especially like the third and fifth. 🙂 I hope that climate change is not the reason you have spoonies so late in the season, but I fear it might be. Do you know where they go when they leave your marsh?
Thank you very much Sophie and I really appreciate your visit.
You don’t have a About space, so i just want to say that you photos are wonderful.