Roseate Spoonbills, St. Augustine FL

Big pink birds.  I say again: Big!  Pink!!  Birds!!!

If they didn’t exist, no one could have imagined them.

But they do exist, and the world is a better place for it, even on a gray day.

Roseate spoonbill perched on top of tree

Roseate spoonbill, horizontal in flight

Roseate spoonbill with wings flared



  1. Jim Robertson

    “If they didn’t exist, no one could have imagined them.” Very true

    I know they nest up in the trees, but somehow they don’t look “right” in trees…

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim R – Yeah, they’re a bit bigger than anything else we see in trees. I have the same reaction to seeing great blues in trees – they look overpowered for their environment.

  2. Especially on a grey day when the trees are darker grey except for vanilla frosting and the land is interminably meringue and the air is filled with floury sifting of snowflakes. A most welcome rush of roseate wings.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Yes, they do warm the heart and lift the spirit – even here, where it’s not quite so monochromatic. Thanks to this community’s poet for checking in . . .

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