Some years ago, while we travelled along the gulf coast of Florida, we stopped at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida. This was a spur-of-the-moment stop when we saw the sign leading to the sanctuary.
The sanctuary was filled with a variety of birds, both familiar and unusual. One type that caught my eye was the roseate spoonbill.
I first saw these pink birds on a kayak trip with friends a few years ago, when I spied a small flock of them fly from a heavily-wooded shore to the water. I never knew they existed, and they are not flamingos!
Roseate spoonbills are related to the ibis and spoonbill families. They are found east of the Andes Mountains in South America, and in the Caribbean, Mexico, and along the United States’ Gulf Coast.
They are quite large, with a wingspan as much as 52 inches. Their color is diet-resultant, just like American Flamingos, and their pink feathers can range from magenta to pale pink. Age also plays a part in their coloring. The roseate spoonbill diet consists of aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fish, and frogs.
These are quite unusual and interesting birds. I was glad a couple of them allowed me to get close and take their photograph!
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