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. 🙂