Roseate Spoonbill at Walton Beach.

It’s getting very hot very early, so I planned a short day this morning. The Spoonbill is still hanging around at North Beach, so I decided to go early and see if I could get lucky.

I’ve actually been there twice before without seeing him, so it was a crapshoot.

Lucky me! Just as I got in place, he flew in from out of the marsh and landed on the pilings near the beach. He wasn’t as close as I wanted, but close enough. Interestingly, it was so humid that I had to clean the condensation from the lens after every shot. That lasted for 20 minutes.

I got tired of waiting for him to move closer, so I wandered around a bit looking for other birds, without much luck. I was considering leaving, and I was looking at closer birds (Many Mallards) when I checked the piling perch, and he was gone?

Looking about, I quickly saw he had landed on the beach about 30 feet from my position, and in good light. Patience and persistence paid off at last!

Black Duck 2018-2

This Black Duck is a rarity at this time of year.

Roseate Spoonbill 2018-13

He flew in at dawn.

Roseate Spoonbill 2018-7

The Roseate Spoonbill seemed to be interested in this snake, even though it’s not a normal menu item.

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Roseate Spoonbill 2018-8

Cornell: “The flamboyant Roseate Spoonbill looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book with its bright pink feathers, red eye staring out from a partly bald head, and giant spoon-shaped bill.”

 

4 thoughts on “Roseate Spoonbill at Walton Beach.

  1. Thanks, Hugh, for the post. Your photos are gorgeous! I drove down there this morning and saw him. There were about 4-5 other people. The Spoonbill seemed oblivious to the attention. Fortunately, everyone was being respectful and giving him his space.

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