A Different Bird

OK, enough with the egrets. Well, just one more to make a species segue from this week’s earlier posts – an avian wing-off – along with a reflection photo to make a theme segue.

2-photo collage of roseate spoonbillsRoseate spoonbills still amaze me. As one of the park curators said, “They’re a fan favourite.” Well being an American, he likely said “favorite” but my ear doesn’t pick up subtle differences like that. 

Anyway, he mentioned their colour (color? likely – see it *is* subtle) and their funny bills as two of their attractions. He did not mention their less-than-attractive heads. To me, that part of them looks a lot like vultures or condors.

Roseate spoonbill, preeningBut it’s their wings – both in flight and merely flared on landing – that keep me coming back for more.

Roseate spoonbill, wings flared and backlit


  1. You are right! Can’t have too many pictures of Roseate Spoonbills. Or of egrets, really. Great capture of their wings. Having not actually ever seen a Roseate Spoonbill, I didn’t know the wings were so pink.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Judith – 🙂 I’ve seen them in airborne flocks but only at a distance: a great wave of pink across the sky. A closer look at that would be on my bucket list . . .

  2. Jim Robertson

    Nice catches Isabel.

    Must admit I never paid too much attention to their heads – too busy looking at their bodies.

    But I am always staring, and shooting, wood storks heads, which are bare too as you know.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – I notice their heads more in photos than when just looking – either just watching them or peering through the viewfinder. I also am transfixed by their colour. And why/how not?

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Barbara – Thanks for the support but I fear that they’re not sufficiently high-resolution for printing. Some are super-cropped (not these so much, but many) and that works pretty well on the screen but not on paper, as you know. Someone else suggested an e-book of some sort . . .

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