Pretty in Pink

Two years ago, when I was doing videos by developing them in PowerPoint, I featured roseate spoonbills in a pink-themed video. I didn’t understand how to override the PowerPoint defaults that kicked in during conversion, so the synchronization with the music isn’t what it could be.

This spring I went to St. Augustine twice: once en route to the Florida Keys to visit the Dry Tortugas, when I hit a grey day; and again on a trip whose primary purpose was to see and photograph these amazing birds. This time, I got the blue-sky day I wanted.

Just perched in a tree, wings folded, they look a tad ungainly, and nowhere near as pink as they do in flight.

Roseate spoonbill sitting in a tree, wings foldedBut “in flight” is easier seen than captured, what with, you know, the movement associated with flight, and their unhelpful habit of flying behind intervening branches.

Roseate spoonbill in flight

Roseate spoonbill in flightSo I settled for the wings flared right after a landing, or as they balanced on rickety branches. This time . . .

Roseate spoonbill standing in a tree, wings flared

Roseate spoonbill standing in a tree, wings flared


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10 Responses to Pretty in Pink

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    Jim T

  2. Ralph Gibson says:

    Nice, Never have I seen these guys !

    Am reminded this time of spoon-billed sandpipers and what presumably is a case of convergent evolution. Wonder if there are any other birds thus equipped ?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Ralph – I do not know. But looking up “spoonbill” turned up six species of spoonbills, scattered all over the world. A new photography challenge, perhaps?

  3. Judith Umbach says:

    Fabulous photos! I like the action. I never knew such a bird existed.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – Thanks! To me they look tropical, so it’s a delight to see them in North America.

  4. Tom Watson says:

    Are those ever beautiful.

  5. Elfrieda Neufeld Schroeder says:

    Isabel, are you related to Marjorie? I followed her blog for a while until she passed away. If you are her daughter maybe you could finish her story. Love the pictures of those amazing pink birds.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Elfrieda – Yes, I’m one of Marjorie’s daughters and know your name from her blog, which I administered for her. I’m so glad you like the big pink birds! Aren’t they a wonder?

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