A Roseate Spoonbill… which had been at the top of the list of birds I’ve wanted to see ever since I saw a photo of one on the Florida Birds Facebook page. So Saturday it was off to Circle B Bar Reserve, where I had heard that my chances of seeing a Roseate Spoonbill were pretty good. And I did see them, a glimpse of pink through the thick shrubbery lining the trail. Getting a good view of them was a challenge, let alone a clear photo. Plus they themselves were mainly hunkered down in the tall grass and not very active in the cold. Except for one cooperative fella.
Immature birds have white feathered heads and paler plumage. They feed by wading and swinging that spoon-shaped bill back and forth in the water to feed on small fish and crustaceans that are ignored by larger wading birds.
At first I was mainly interested in trying to get better photos than I thought I could take. This interest in birds is an unintended consequence since birds are such a plentiful and interesting subject for photography. I’m learning a lot.