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


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8 Responses to Roseate Spoonbills, St. Augustine FL

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    “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…

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      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. Carla says:

    Very cool!

  3. 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.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      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 . . .

  4. Barry says:

    Except for the head, It looks like the Scarlet ibis which resides in great flocks in the Caroni Swamp of Trinidad.
    Gorgeous birds!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barry – I’ve seen photos of the scarlet ibis, but never expect to see one in the flesh, much less a flock. Good for you!

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