The Roseate Spoonbill was high on my priority list as a bird to photograph on my recent trip to Florida. We were returning home and on the east coast of Florida when I finally got the chance to get some decent photographs. These photos were taken at a rookery in ST. Augustine, FL. I was surprised to see that they have a fair amount of orange on them. I always thought that they were only pink and white. Note that the one below is carrying a branch for a nest.
“The Roseate Spoonbill is a wading bird that is almost 3′ tall with an approximate 4′ wingspan. It has a distinct spatulate bill with which they eat a diet of small fish, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, and some plant material. They feed by wading through shallow water with their bills partially submerged. As a Roseate Spoonbill walks it swings its head back and forth in a sideways motion. When the bird feels a prey item it snaps its bill closed, pulls the prey out of the water, and swallows it.
Most spoonbills do not breed until their third year. Courtship displays include ritualized exchanges of nest material, dancing and bill clapping. The female builds a strong cup nest of sticks and twigs utilizing materials brought to her by the male. The Florida population prefers to nest in red and black mangroves, sometimes in conjunction with Wood Storks and herons.” (source: Smithsonian Zoological Park)
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