Bath Day For Spoonie
Early this afternoon we found one lone spoonbill feeding in the salt marsh. This was the slightly older one, and his young friend was nowhere to be seen.
The other thing that was different was it turned out to be bath day for many of the wading birds out there today. The white ibis started the whole thing off but then to our surprise and delight, our pink friend joined in on the pool party and had a nice bath as well.
Spoonie tucked himself down low in the marsh then started flapping his wings and splashing water all over the place. It was great!
What was almost better was his next move…to shake off some remaining water, then hold out his wings to dry them off while posing and parading around the area like a super model!
The spoonbill looked quite pleased and proud of his new spiffed up appearance and if you look carefully in the last photo you can see a young alligator also enjoying the show.
I’ve also included a short 15 second video showing some of the bathing procedure and my favorite part of that is the end where spoonie turns around to walk away and gives us all a cheeky little tail wag for his finale. 🙂
They are fabulous birds Phil. And super vid, and yes, a lovely cheeky tail wag too 🙂
Love these photos and birds. Could be my new favorite!
so beautiful, so beautiful. But as always 🙂 Thank you, Love, nia
A bird with a supreme (and well-justified) confidence in his beauty! Fantastic pictures, Phil!
lovely birds need to clean their beautiful feathers.
Beautiful colors! Love the water splashes.