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:

rupam sarma said...

Lovely bird pics :)
Greetings

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelentes fotografias destas belas aves.
Um abraço e boa semana.
Andarilhar || Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa || Livros-Autografados

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

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

amo sin blogg said...

Stunningly beautiful bird.

Have a nice week ahead !
Love from Anne-Mari

HOOTIN ANNI said...

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!!

magnoliasntea said...

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

Giga said...

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

Jo said...

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

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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

Sandra said...

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

Tom said...

I can see how it got its name!

Crissi said...

Great shots Eileen!
Happy day Crissi

Christine said...

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

Laura. M said...

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

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

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!

Linda Gross said...

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

Lady Fi said...

Oh my - they are lovely!

Country Gal said...

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

Linda W. said...

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

Marco Luijken said...

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

Kind regards,
Marco

Debbie said...

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

Linda said...

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. :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

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

Happy Tuesday!

Maggee said...

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!

Nancy J said...

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

The Yum List said...

What a pretty colour.

Maggee said...

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...

RedPat said...

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

Missy George said...

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

Sue (this n that) said...

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)

Cloudia said...

Splendid spoonbills!

Martin Kloess said...

Did you pay these models? These picture are outstanding,

fredamans said...

I love the pink ombre look to those birds!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

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

Felicia said...

I love the pink. it makes beautiful reflections.

Michelle said...

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

Judy Biggerstaff said...

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

Judy Biggerstaff said...

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

Rose said...

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

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

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

happyone said...

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

Lynne said...

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

Suzanne Prickett said...

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!

Amy Franks said...

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

Anu said...

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

jandi said...

beautiful birds gorgeously captured! have a beautiful day!

Lea said...

Great photos!
Have a wonderful day!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

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

orchid Miyako said...

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*




Andrea Priebe said...

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

A Colorful World said...

They are so interesting! Lovely shots, Eileen!

Linda said...

Wonderful pictures! Love the pink feathers.

Devilish Angel said...

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

Lowcarb team member said...

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

All the best Jan

Rambling Woods said...

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

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