Roseate Spoonbill

Rich Found a Turtle at Orlando Wetlands

April 8, 2023 - He got to see the coots walking on water, the Roseate Spoonbills flying around, and all the begging babies near the boardwalk.... The Roseate Spoonbills were still busy bringing in nesting material.... Read more

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More Fun from Orlando Wetlands

April 6, 2023 - After enjoying the Big Stick Competition and laughing at the "Honey, I'm Home!" Roseate Spoonbill nest, there was still so much to see at the wetlands.... Let's see if I can get through a whole post without including another Roseate Spoonbill.... I made it over to the boardwalk, where I…... Read more

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And the Winner of the Biggest Stick Competition Is…

April 4, 2023 - I was saddened to see that the Roseate Spoonbill nests close to the boardwalk were gone.... Fourth place goes to this Roseate Spoonbill with a decent-sized stick.... Second place goes to...hey, wait, you're not a Roseate Spoonbill!... Read more

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How Many Beaks Can You Count? Roseate Spoonbill Nest

March 30, 2023 - I knew the Roseate Spoonbills had been nesting long enough that it might be time to find small pink spoons in the nest.... The Great Egret chicks fuss with a sound like "nah-nah-nah." The Roseate Spoonbill chicks have more of a wheezing sound.... The golden light on this Roseate Spoonbill…... Read more

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Spring Vacation 2023

March 20, 2023 - Sandhill Crane Colts Squabbling Roseate Spoonbill with Nesting Material - Fly Softly and Carry a Big Stick!... Roseate Spoonbill babies in nest American White Pelican Coming into Breeding Plumage Great Egret Chicks Being Fed Anhinga Sunset Silhouette Stay tuned for the stories behind these images!... Read more

Spring Morning at Lake Apopka

2021: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2021 - Roseate Spoonbill at Stick Marsh Summer visits to Florida's Gulf Coast yielded my favorite Least Terns in all their courtship rituals, plus a few fuzzy and very cute babies!... Read more

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Singing in the Rain!

July 29, 2021 - A flock of Roseate Spoonbills was hanging out on Wading Bird Way, foraging in the shallow waters along the edge of the trail.... The Roseate Spoonbill is the only spoonbill in the Americas.... Read more

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Spoonbill Heaven at Stick Marsh!

May 1, 2021 - It's Roseate Spoonbill Heaven!... This Roseate Spoonbill was still showing pretty good breeding colors when he waded out into the water and started to splash around.... Read more

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The Fun Continues at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

June 16, 2017 -  Highlights of this visit include baby Killdeer, a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, a Roseate Spoonbill, and the ever-present baby aliens (Common Gallinules).... Next up is one of my favorite birds - the Roseate Spoonbill....  The Roseate Spoonbill was feeing in the same pond as a Fulvous Whistling-Duck.... Read more

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2017 - Least Tern Mother & Chick Roseate Spoonbill Mother & Baby Black Skimmer Mother & Baby Sandhill Crane Mother & Colt Great Horned Owl Mother & Babies Mute Swan Mother & Cygnet  ... Read more

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Migrant-Hunting at Fort De Soto with my Dad

April 18, 2017 - North Beach You know it's going to be a good morning when it starts out with a Roseate Spoonbill at the North Beach lagoon!...  There were Laughing Gulls, a bunch of White Ibises (in brilliant breeding reds!), a couple of Marbled Godwits, a Reddish Egret, and the Roseate Spoonbill.... The…... Read more

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Roseate Spoonbills at the Alligator Farm

May 25, 2015 -  To me it was wonderful, because it held a hungry juvenile Roseate Spoonbill...... I had a shot of a Roseate Spoonbill as he flew in and landed on a perch, but it was extremely backlit.... Read more

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Roseate Spoonbills at Viera Wetlands

November 2, 2013 - There are so many Roseate Spoonbills at Viera Wetlands right now!...  The Click Ponds were recently drained, and the low water levels have attracted lots of wading birds, especially Roseate Spoonbills....  The Roseate Spoonbills are some of my favorite birds.... Read more

Sunset at the Polk Rookery

April 8, 2013 -  A couple of Great Blue Herons have fledged already, and my favorites, the Roseate Spoonbills, had several nests.... My favorite wading birds are the Roseate Spoonbills....  A lot of the Roseate Spoonbills that we see in Lakeland were born at Alafia Banks in Tampa.... Read more

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 20, 2012 - The Great Egrets are the first to nest, and some of the last to fledge.  It's interesting how the smaller birds, like Tricolored Herons and Snowy Egrets, start nesting later and fledge sooner, than the bigger birds.  A couple of the fledgling Great Egrets were still hanging around on Sunday. …... Read more

Put Your Best Spoon Forward!

June 1, 2012 - I spent last Sunday morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  Boy it feels good to get back out there!  I was happy to find lots and lots of Roseate Spoonbills still hanging around off the Wading Bird Way trail.  I counted over 100!  These beautiful birds are some of…... Read more

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Alligator Farm Winning Photo!!

August 25, 2011 - Juvenile Spoonbill head shot I was a little surprised it wasn't my Roseate Spoonbill in flight, one of my favorite shots ever.... Read more

Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - Bird Species List: (36 total): American Avocet, American Coot, Anhinga, Black Vulture, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilt, Boat-tailed Grackle, Cattle Egret, Common Moorhen, European Starling, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, Green Heron, Killdeer, Least Bittern, Least Sandpiper, Least Tern, Lesser Yellowlegs, Limpkin, Mottled…... Read more

Cloudy Morning at the Alligator Farm

June 25, 2011 - Cattle Egret The rookery is definitely starting to wind down.  A lot of the birds have fledged, although there are still plenty of chicks and branch-hopping juveniles.  I've been watching a couple of Roseate Spoonbill nests over the spring, and a lot of those juveniles weren't around today.  I guess…... Read more

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Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 19, 2011 - Least Bittern The activity at the rookery has certainly changed since my first visit, when the birds were primarily constructing their nests, and we had a single set of Great Egret chicks.  Now there are only a few birds on eggs, and there are fledglings everywhere.  Herman has counted at…... Read more

Tiny Stilts and Willets at Merritt Island NWR

June 12, 2011 - Baby Black-Necked Stilt I found these guys on East Gator Creek.  First I located their parents by listening – the stilts are very loud when they are in protective mode.  After I heard two adults fussing in a particular area, I watched for the chicks.  I found these three in…... Read more

Birds and Babies Everywhere at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

May 31, 2011 - Wood Stork chick The Roseate Spoonbills are getting bigger.  I did spot a pretty photographable nest in a palm tree that had tiny little guys in it.  I'll have to go back soon...... Roseate Spoonbill chick Finally, this Snowy chick posed in a nice window of tree branches.  I think…... Read more