Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill

Hello,

Joining in today with a couple of my favorite memes Michelle's Nature Notes and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.

The Roseate Spoonbill is one of my favorite Florida birds. Since being in Florida, I have seen the Spoonbills at the wildlife drive at Merritt Island NWR, Ding Darling NWR, Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland and at our local Lake Parker Park in Lakeland. These are some various images of the Roseate Spoonbill.

The Roseate Spoonbill has a long flat spoon-shaped bill. This shot shows just how flat the bill is. The first three photos were taken at Lake Parker Park in Lakeland, Fl.



Their head is bald.


This angle shows the cool spoon shaped bill.


Immature Roseate Spoonbills are a paler pink. Their pink color is derived from their diet. They eat frog and aquatic insects and very small fish. The next two images were taken at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Fl.


The photo below shows they have red eyes.


The Roseate Spoonbills in the next two photos were seen at the Ding Darling NWR , Sanibel Island 12/7/16






I hope you enjoyed my photos and post. Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

55 comments:

  1. Hi Eileen,
    marvelous photos of this very special bird with the beek in form of a spoon. Fabulous !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  2. Stunningly beautiful bird.

    Have a nice week ahead !
    Love from Anne-Mari

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  3. One of my favorites!!!!

    Will you be around later in Spring when the Spoonbills go into breeding plumage? Their colors are so bright, vivid and absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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  4. Interesting post, Eileen. I'm not familiar with the Roseate Spoonbill so I enjoyed the info on them immensely. Great photos, too.

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  5. I love these beautiful birds, especially for the shape of the beak. Regards.

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  6. Hi Eileen, beautiful pictures and good information about the birds.Those spoonbills certainly are rosy-colored. Have a great day. Jo

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  7. They are wacky looking birds, aren't they? I love them.

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  8. the pelican is my favorite bird, but since you have been posting these spoonbills it is about to edge into first place. they are so beautiful

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  9. I can see how it got its name!

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  10. Great shots Eileen!
    Happy day Crissi

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  11. A wonderful post with gorgeous photos of these amazing birds, Eileen!
    enjoy the rest of your week!

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  12. Beautiful photos. The colors and reflections are wonderful.
    Gracias por compartir y por tus visitas siempre Eileen.
    Buena semana.
    Besos

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  13. I showed hubby these photos...LOVE those with the reflections in the water. We remember seeing them for the first time in the wild. We turned the car around and went back! heehee! Beautiful photos! Hugs!

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  14. Nice pictures of the spoonbill. I can see how it got its name :)

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  15. Oh they are pretty and interesting looking birds aren't they ?! Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  16. What a pretty bird! Love it's pink hues. You got some great reflection photos too.

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  17. Hello Eileen,
    Nic epictures of these Spoonbill.
    So funny to see them walk in the water to look for food.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  18. such a cool bird and a lovely color!!! you captured some good reflections!!!

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  19. Wow, an absolutely glorious series, Eileen! The colours and reflections are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great week. :)

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  20. Hello,

    Lovely pink birds! It's a amazing color. Nice pictures!

    Happy Tuesday!

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  21. Boy, there are so many NWR's in Florida! Would love to just go and see one after another! Sigh... Love the Spoonbill too... though I have never seen one in the wild! Take care!

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  22. The pink reflection in your last photo, that is so stunning.

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  23. Had to tell you that I saw a post on FB just now about a GIANT Alligator at the Circle B Reserve that you mention. It had video... it is very big!! Please be careful!! The video was taken in daylight hours... Here is a link: http://abcn.ws/2jii5J6 Hope it works...from ABC News. Just sayin...

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  24. They are so beautiful & weird at the same time, Eileen!

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  25. Their coloring makes them look as though they've been in a fight..Interesting birds..Hope you had a good day..

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  26. Oh my goodness Eileen, I can see how they're a favourite of yours. That pink, it's so gorgeous. Your photographs are superb... the reflections, really intense. Cheers :D)

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  27. Did you pay these models? These picture are outstanding,

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  28. I love the pink ombre look to those birds!

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  29. They are so pretty and unusual ( to me at least ) Lovely captures and info about them! :)

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  30. I love the pink. it makes beautiful reflections.

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  31. Their feathers are so beautiful. But, I don't know about that bill!

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  32. Beautiful pics of the spoonbill, love the coloring on his body. The reflection pics are gorgeous.

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  33. Beautiful pics Eileen. Love the coloring on the spoonbill and your reflection pics are gorgeous.

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  34. I would love to see these in their world! I did love seeing them here.

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  35. Lovely spoonbill portrait. Thought of you when I saw the video of that huge alligator at Circle B this afternoon.

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  36. Wow what a great looking bird. I've never seen one before. Wonderful color.

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  37. Love their color . . . such a pretty pink . . .
    Great pictures and post Eileen . . .

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  38. What an extraordinary bird! I'm guessing they can capture their food easily with their bills...they are really spoon shaped! What a pretty rose color, and I like how you captured the images and colors' reflections on the water. So pretty, Eileen. Have a great week!

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  39. very very cool looking bird, haven't seen one like that before.

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  40. Amazing looking bird! It's bill is huge. Have a happy Wednesday!

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  41. beautiful birds gorgeously captured! have a beautiful day!

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  42. Great photos!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  43. Bom dia, Os colhereiros são aves muito lindas, perto da minha residência existem muitos de cor branca, nunca os vi com a cor rosada, as fotos são maravilhosas.
    AG

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  44. Dearest Eileen; Adorable looking Roseate Spoonbill with my favorite color pink♡♡♡ Besides the bill, their bald head and the red eyes makes them unique♩  And your beautiful pictures of them show us how gorgeous their pink weathers are; especially in the water, lovely reflections(♡^.^♡)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*




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  45. This is one of the water birds I have never seen, though I would love to. They are so interesting and I was wondering where their pink color came from, and though you told me, I still don't see pink in their foods of choice. But they are clearly pink so I won't question it. These are beautiful pictures, Eileen ... lucky you in warm Florida.

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  46. They are so interesting! Lovely shots, Eileen!

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  47. Wonderful pictures! Love the pink feathers.

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  48. Lovely pink and white colored birds. Have a happy day Eileen...

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  49. I just love the colouring of these Florida birds ...

    All the best Jan

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  50. I love these pink birds Eileen...Florida looks like it is treating you well...Michelle

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