The Everglades… The Roseate Spoonbill

Perhaps the most beautiful of all the Everglades birds is the Roseate Spoonbill. It’s pink feathers stand in stark contrast to the sky. Up close it is somewhat gangly, and is marked by its distinct beak shaped like a spoon. It forages for food by waving its mandible back and forth, slightly open, in shallow, muddy waters. It feels its prey, usually minnows or crabs, and snaps its beak shut. Here are a few images made in the Florida Everglades.

Roseate Spoonbills in flight along the Rodgers River near Highland Beach in the Florida Everglades

Roseate Spoonbills feed in golden light along Charley’s Creek in Everglades National Park

Roseate Spoonbills feed at dusk along Charley Creek in the Florida Everglades

Distinct red shoulders and pink feathers adorn the Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills roost in Chokoloskee Bay, Everglades

A Roseate Spoonbill takes to flight along the Rodgers River in the Florida Everglades

Roseate Spoonbills, Chokoloskee Bay

The pink of the Roseate Spoonbill matches the pink of the morning sky in the Florida Everglades

Roseate Spoonbills and Ibis take to the sky


12 thoughts on “The Everglades… The Roseate Spoonbill

  1. I’ve only seen white ones here. The colouration on these makes me think of flowers (pink variegated carnations). Gorgeous pics, as always!

  2. As Jane says, we only have white spoonbills here in Australia (that I know of). Your pink ones almost look like they’re painted and look strangely unreal (to my eye).
    Great photos, especially the last one as they’re taking off (or landing) on the tree.

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