Roseate Spoonbill Gallery

 

Sharing a few more photos of the gorgeous Roseate Spoonbill I was fortunate to see this past February/March in the Everglades of southwest Florida.

 

Roseate Spoonbills

 

 

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Looks like this photo has a good storyline!Β  πŸ˜‰

 

 

51 thoughts on “Roseate Spoonbill Gallery

  1. Wonderful place for a shooting, and you used it to perfection! Great job, Donna. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Sylvia. For all the days I went birding in southwest Florida in the three months there, I only had so many days of Rosie sightings, and boy was it special each time! How lucky to have your Miss Rosie as a backyard visitor, she’s such a pretty gal!

  2. I can never get enough of the roseate spoonbill, but your photos do a great job of satiating me, Donna. Terrific photos. I especially like the penultimate photo for the water trail, and the last one for the untold story of what’s going on. Also like the top R one with the bright pink underwings. Bubblegum Bonanza!

    • Thank you, Jet, I think we can all agree on the love of these spoonbills. They will stop most people in their tracks on sighting. Bubblegum Bonanza is a delightful description!

    • They are beautiful! No, the two are not specie related. The similarity of their pink coloring comes from carotenoid pigments in their diet, which consists primarily of aquatic invertebrates and small fish. πŸ™‚

  3. What gorgeous photos Donna, my wife and I were in awe of the beauty of your photos, such beautiful birds captured so beautifully, especially the reflections. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ashley! Rosies are one of the birds everyone wants to see in the US, and now you can see why. I could watch them all day long, even if they just stood still. 😊

    • The Rosies are pretty special to see. Good eye, Indira! The big scene off to the right of them also had a flock of White Pelicans and lots of egrets. Not sure why the Brown Pelican was hanging there all alone, I kinda felt for him. For sure, he knows there’s safety in large numbers! πŸ™‚

    • These birds definitely stop you in your tracks when you spot them! 😊 Actually, the coloring doesn’t clue us on female/male ID with this bird. Rosies get their pink coloration from the crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates that contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers in all shades of pink, darkening to almost magenta on their wings. They must love their pink shrimp delicacy! (I know I do!!)

  4. I love all your spoonbill photos, Donna. What a treat that they were so plentiful In that area when you were here in Florida!! That last photo is a charmer… I love the comment someone made about social distancingπŸ˜‰!

    • Thank you, Carol! As you know, they are always a treat to see, I know I was always looking for a pink splash while out and about. On my last photo, Mike’s comment fit perfectly! 😊

    • Thank you, Gunta! They are quite mesmerizing, I was always watching out for them while in Florida, hoping to see them. And so were most others by the sight of cars pulled over wherever they were. 😊

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