No, Not a Flamingo!
I finally was able to photograph a Roseate spoonbill while exploring Gulfport, Florida! I have spotted a few Roseate spoonbills over the past few months. A wading bird of the Ibis and Spoonbill families. The Spoonbills bright pink coloring leads people to think they have seen a Flamingo!
- Immature Spoonbills have white, feathered heads, and the pink of the plumage is paler.
- The bill can be grey, pink or yellow in color.
- The Spoonbill’s spatulate bill allows it to sift easily through mud.
- The Spoonbill feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it walks through the water.
- The Spoonbills pink color is diet derived. The colors can range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on age and location.
- The Spoonbill feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts, and very small fish.
(Photos by RSheridan)