Roseate Spoonbill

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 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

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

Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery

May 29, 2011 - Herman took my dad and me out in his boat again this morning.  The Polk Rookery has changed considerably since my last visit in March.  Then the birds were building their nests, and Great Egrets, Wood Storks dominated the Brazilian Pepper.  Today the rookery was filled with fledgling birds of…... Read more

Incredible Morning at the Alligator Farm Rookery

May 14, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm's bird rookery.  It's right at peak season and the rookery, and the activity is awesome!  Some Great Egrets are still building nests, others have tiny babies, and still more have fledglings who know how to leave the nest but still haven't figured out how to feed themselves. …... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - Cattle Egret A Roseate Spoonbill flew past.  We saw a total of three this morning (or maybe it was the same bird that moved around as much as we did?) Roseate Spoonbill Then we started crossing the cells diagonally and found a bunch of photographers watching a Great Egret nest. …... Read more

Beautiful Morning at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

April 3, 2011 - Lesser Yellowlegs Greater Yellowlegs Dyeyo probably wondered if I was going to stand there all morning, taking pictures of these five birds.  He finally dragged me away and we continued along Peacock's Pocket, where we found two Roseate Spoonbills!  They were in horrible light.  I dialed in exposure compensation to…... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January 29, 2011 - Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks A Roseate Spoonbill was in his usual place on Marsh Rabbit Run, just past the "Four Corners" intersection with Heron Hideout.... Roseate Spoonbill We checked for the rails that have been hanging out at the Four Corners intersection.... Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Robin,…... Read more

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What’s Going On Up There?

December 17, 2010 - American Kestrel Farther up the Heron Hideout trail, a Roseate Spoonbill was spooning in one of the few remaining pools.  Circle B needs a good tropical wave to linger for a few days to raise the water levels in the marsh.  For the spoonbill, I had to set negative exposure…... Read more

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More Winter Birds Have Arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 12, 2010 - This morning there were at least one hundred birds, including five or six Roseate Spoonbills, and my first-of-season Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs.... Roseate Spoonbills A lone Wood Stork stood in the midst of the action.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher,…... Read more

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The Whistler Flight School is pleased to announce the opening of Marsh Rabbit Run!!

September 27, 2010 - Then a Roseate Spoonbill flew overhead next to a Wood Stork!... Roseate Spoonbill Out on Wading Bird Way, we saw a flock of at least a hundred birds out in the distant water.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher (heard), Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Cardinal, Common…... Read more

Baby Roseate Spoonbills at the Alligator Farm

June 11, 2010 - Augustine Alligator Farm's bird rookery had a record-breaking four Roseate Spoonbill nests this spring.  Two sets of chicks hatched a few weeks ago, but they are not visible from the boardwalk.... Baby Roseate Spoonbill Dyeyo and I watched and waited for the babies to wake up, and we were rewarded…... Read more

Spoonbills and baby birds at St. Augustine Rookery

May 8, 2010 - After hearing about all the roosting roseate spoonbills at the St.... Tri-colored heron chick There were many roseate spoonbills roosting in the rookery.  Supposedly there are at least three nests with eggs, but we couldn't find them.  One of the photographers with the really fancy lenses told me that the…... Read more

Limpkins feasting on apple snails

February 7, 2010 - Palm Warbler There were several roseate spoonbills at Circle B today.  We see so many neat birds here, that I forget that some of these birds are pretty rare.  It's fun to see them up close.  This one doesn't have the same dark brilliant colors as the spoonies that I…... Read more

Bird-watching at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 23, 2009 - Great Egret (and poor fish) The Heron Hideout wasn't as busy as our last visit, but we did see a bunch of herons, and this roseate spoonbill.... Roseate spoonbill There are so many anhingas at this reserve!  The line, "Hey, there's an anhinga displaying!" has almost gotten to be a…... Read more