Fun With Spoonbills!
Yesterday evening we had four spoonbills show up (finally) in the marsh area. So we had to go over this morning to see if they stayed through the night.
Initially we only saw the one. He seemed a bit overwhelmed at being surrounded by wood storks for most of the time, but he also made the best of the situation. At one point the lone spoonie decided to have a little fun and he picked up a lost wood stork feather and played around with that for a while.
Finally I spotted one of his buddies flying in from across the marsh, he did one slow circle then landed in to join his friend.
They were quite active and one even tried giving his spoonie pal a hard time by nipping at the tail feathers a bit.
Soon the last two came gliding in together and the entire crew was together again. Of course Mr. You Know Who had to get involved. Perhaps he remembers these guys from last summer and wanted to make they understand that he is in charge of the entire area. (well until a bigger alligator comes along)
When we it started to rain we left while the four pink friends appeared to be settling in for some grooming and a nice afternoon nap. Fun morning out there for sure!
Thanks a bunch!
Really like the image with the storks in particular! You seem to have captured the temperamental nature of spoonbills, always squabbling!
Thanks very much for looking and commenting and glad you liked seeing the goofy spoonies!
Just beautiful Mr. Phil! It is so exciting to see these guys returning! Thank you for sharing these amazing photos!
Thanks a bunch for checking these out Vicky and glad you liked them! It was nice seeing our pink friends.
I love the photos, they are so amazing…I still feel uneasy with the gator, even if it is just a picture.
Those gators just have to insert themselves into just about every situation. I hope the spoonies are paying attention, I worry some may have never seen an alligator.
That shot of spoonie lost amongst all them wood storks is rather bizarre. The reflections make it seem even more so.
The spoonbills often hang with the wood storks, and it is not extremely uncommon to find one lone spoonie palling around with the storks if none of his pink friends are around. Funny to see though.
Beautiful birds I love their pink feathers.
Well you just gotta love a big pink bird!
Foto meravigliose, fantastiche!!
Grazie Pat, Appreciate it!
They are fun birds and we are happy some finally arrived, we thought they would never get here.
I saw them only once, ~2 years ago, it’s so great to observe them! 🙂 You’re lucky to have them nearby!
Excellent series, Phil–really enjoyed! Thanks!
I’m very happy you enjoyed seeing our pink friends, thanks much!
They are so beautiful, good to see that nature where you are is still so beautiful, miss the birds in the south, very exotic and beauty of nature.
Things are picking up here finally. For a while even the alligators were not coming out much, yesterday they were all over the place.
These are so gorgeous. One day… one day… I’ll get close enough to one to take a decent pic. Until then, yours are wonderful to be going on with! RH
If you were over here yesterday you would have been sick of taking close up photos of them. Sorry to bring that up cause I know what you mean, I have friends that get photos of large mammals that I will never see.