Several weeks ago while I was walking at the Preserve on the lookout for something interesting and unusual, a birder with the requisite long-lensed camera hurried up and asked me if I’d seen the spoonbill. I had to tell him no, but instant spoonbill-spotting envy struck. Unfortunately I didn’t see hide nor hair of one . Maybe beak and feathers would be a better phrase.

Today I reversed my usual path and although it was a lovely, cool morning, I didn’t see anything exciting until I stopped at one of the little open areas along one of the lakes where I often see egrets, which by now are usual. I did see an egret…and then by golly, a roseate spoonbill! And I was the only photographer in the area. πŸ™‚ Oh, yeah!

Spoonbills, related to the ibis, like to hang out with other waterbirds at the edges of wetlands, exactly where this one was. Someone surmised that perhaps the recent hurricanes blew the spoonbill in. I have no idea, but I do know why they’re called spoonbills and when you look closely, you’ll know too. Spotting one made my day. Add to that the joy of being able to tell a number of other photographers where to find the spoonbill and you’ll know how happy I was.

But the day wasn’t over yet, although it is for this post.

  1. macmsue says:

    I know just how excited you felt. A couple of weeks ago I spotted two at a local wetlands, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera so had to use my phone, the photos really didn’t capture them well. The ones I saw were plain white but thrilling to see all the same.
    Your shots are great.

    • Although there are quite a few water and other birds at the Preserve, I doubt I’ll see many spoonbills, so this was quite exciting. The information says that pelicans might be seen during migration, so that would be quite exciting as well.

  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    How lucky you were to see the Spoonbill. Great capture. Nice of the other photographers to be out of sight so you could do your thing.

  3. Wow – amazing shot and reflection. I’ve never seen one except on Wandering Dawgs so this makes a second place. Thank you, Janet.

    • I’ve never seen one live before, so that was exciting. I’ve never even heard of Wandering Dawgs which I’m guessing is a TV show? Glad I could share another one with you. One of my blogging friends in Florida has lots of photos of them, so I was happy to see one.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! I’ve never seen one of those. I love the photo, especially the blurred reflection in the ripples.

  5. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful πŸ’š

  6. dweezer19 says:

    The spoonbills are so elusive and so beautiful.

    • It’s certainly the first one for me, Cheryl, but of course I haven’t lived where they’re usually found. I do love the Preserve and I’m learning a lot more about birds!

  7. ha! Great unexpected find! Did you do a quiet happy dance after making your shots?

  8. Tom says:

    Congratulations, Janet! Star find!
    Great photos.

  9. Wonderful story and photos!

  10. What a great find Janet! Stunning photo!

  11. Nature surprises us in the most unexpected ways and at the most unexpected times.

  12. Amy says:

    Ooh… how beautiful and special!

  13. Su Leslie says:

    Wow. A wonderful find; a great photo and the joy of sharing with other photographers (and us).

    • Double sharing is twice as much fun. πŸ™‚ I was happy that most of the photos turned out well even from that distance, as I have a normal telephoto, not a huge birding one. And I loved that the bill was wide open in this one.

  14. What a beauty! I’ve never seen anything like it. The only pink birds I’ve ever known are flamingos… Perhaps they’re related?

  15. How wonderful for you, Janet. Great photos too. You really got that spoonbill perfectly. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

  16. de Wets Wild says:

    The Spoonbill looks as surprised to see you! Someone should tell him it’s not polite to stand with your mouth open like that…

    • He was far enough away that he probably wasn’t paying any attention to me. πŸ™‚ Leaving your mouth open is NOT a good look (but it was great for this photo.)

  17. marianallen says:

    I’ve never seen a spoonbill! What an experience that must have been, whether you’re a birder or not. Nature is a strange force.

  18. restlessjo says:

    We’re fans too! Don’t have the roseate here but the white is a lovely thing to watch. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • I imagine you have quite a few. We have lots of egrets, mostly snowy but also great and other herons of various types, but not a regular group (or even one) spoonbill.

  19. Resa says:

    Really great, Janet. Those are the cutest!

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