Feathers on Friday: A Flash of Pink

Charlotte of ‘Prairie Birder’, hosts a weekly challenge called “Feathers on Friday.” Whilst visiting the Wacodahatchee Wetlands in Florida, I was so thrilled to see my first ever Roseate Spoonbill. This has to be one of the most spectacular birds found in North America, with its unique spoon-like bill and its beautiful pink plumage. (Click on any photo to get a larger image.)

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At the turn of the 20th century, their lovely pink feathers were much sought after for the making of ladies’ fans, with the result that in the 1930’s, their Florida population was down to only 30 to 40 breeding pairs. Thankfully, since the 1940’s they were given full legal protection from hunters, and there are now over a thousand pairs nesting there.

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If you would like to participate in Charlotte’s weekly photo challenge, just click this link.

 

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90 comments on “Feathers on Friday: A Flash of Pink

  1. Pingback: Spoonbill nest success in Dutch nature reserve | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. What a shame if these beautiful creatures got extinct. I am glad to know that there are more of them now. Their feathers are way better on them than on a fan.

  3. Wow, I would have been too nervous to have snapped him! What a treat, Sylvia. I can only imagine how gorgeous he is in person. πŸ™‚ And I always absolutely love watching birds splashing around in their baths for some reason. My little Conure tickles me when he bathes himself. And, the birds bathing in the runoff water along the street always make me smile. I loved this.

  4. wow! wonderful capture, Sylvia! i’ve never seen it before. it’s a beautiful bird and what lovely shade of pink. have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, scary how close they came to vanishing from Florida. Glad to hear the law’s intervention has been successful! πŸ™‚

  6. Spoonbills were a common sight when we had a house in Galveston. The first time I saw a bunch of them together I thought they were fake flamingos! How did I know?

  7. Such sunny photos, the birds seem to be having a lot of fun, splashing around like that. Or maybe they were hot since it’s summer over there in your part of the world. Or maybe they were flirting with each other πŸ˜‰

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