The Last Spoonbill?

I knew we would be getting a two day cold front moving into the area starting Tuesday night, so Tuesday afternoon we went out hoping to catch a glimpse of a spoonbill for what could very likely turn out to be the last sighting of the year. We found one far off in a back out of the way corner of the marsh pond and I grabbed a couple of documentation shots just to have for the dated files. I assumed I would have to content myself with just those file photos because there was no way I could get closer for better shots.

It was not long however before we were shocked to see the spoonie take off and start flying right at us! It did a circle glide almost directly over our heads then headed off across the marsh. It was almost as if it did a ceremonial fly by salute on it’s way further south for the winter The fifth photo here is a ‘butt shot’ and the final photo I took of not just this spoonbill but quite possibly the final spoonbill photo of 2013.

We searched Wednesday and today and did not see any spoonies at all so this could most certainly be the end of our run. If that’s the case we are all thrilled because it was the best summer ever for our pink friends since they first started arriving in the marsh area in 2009.

If I do happen to see another spoonbill in the next few days I will post photos and then have to do another “Last Spoonbill” post.  🙂 

The Last Spoonbill

The Last Spoonbill

The Last Spoonbill

The Last Spoonbill

The Last Spoonbill

47 thoughts on “The Last Spoonbill?

  1. Those are gorgeous shots of this spoonbill – and unique from underneath like that. He almost looks like he’s bidding farewell…

    • I have been seeing reports and photos of spoonbills arriving in Florida recently so I believe you are correct about that.
      Looks like I have to wait until next June for my next spoonbill fix. 🙂

    • I’m glad you like these big goofy pink birds because I really do as well. I have heard that eating a lot of shrimp adds to their pink color and I know for a fact these guys love them some shrimp! 😀

  2. Amazing pics of the last spoonbill. Love the 4th pic from right underneath. He looks so graceful with his ‘feet’ neatly crossed. I’d love to stroke those downy feathers underneath. They look so soft, but I guess he wouldn’t be very amenable to being stroked. 🙂

  3. It was terrific seeing them so often at Huntington this year. This week’s cold wind probably sent them scurrying home. You got some great shots of this one leaving the area, possibly until next season.

  4. Wow! They look incredible in flight. He has a firm attention to him that is very military looking. So glad you got a good-bye. Got really cold in Texas so hope they bring some warmer weather back with them. 🙂

    • They do have an interesting look to them when viewed from above don’t they?
      We are supposed to be right back to the 70s here over the weekend, too bad they couldn’t hold out for warmer temps. 🙂

    • It was quite the stirring goodbye for sure Paula! But…there is a tiny part of me that is holding on to a bit of hope that one could still be around for this weekend since it’s supposed to be back up in the 70sF. 🙂

        • I am now fairly certain this was indeed the last spoonbill sighting of 2013. In fact these shots could be of the actual departure, none have been seen since that afternoon last week. So looks like I will have to wait a long 7 months until next June to see any again. Will Mr. C still be his dysfunctional self a year later?! Can’t wait to find out.
          However…just so you won’t have to go through total withdrawal, I plan to post never before seen photos of our pink pals periodically throughout the winter. 🙂 I have a ton of shots in my files.

    • Well there was a stiff wind coming from the north Tue. afternoon so if that’s when they left they would have practically a free ride south with not a lot of effort required. 🙂
      Guess I will have to wait until next June or July for the next appearance. 😦
      Oh well they were really great to have around here all summer!

    • I am now fairly certain this was indeed the last spoonbill sighting of 2013. In fact these shots could be of the actual departure, none have been seen since that afternoon last week. So looks like I will have to wait a long 7 months until next June to see any again. Will Mr. C still be his dysfunctional self a year later?! Can’t wait to find out.
      However…just so you won’t have to go through total withdrawal, I plan to post never before seen photos of our pink pals periodically throughout the winter. 🙂 I have a ton of shots in my files.

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