at nesting rookery
4:10 PM, 55 degrees Fahrenheit - Overcast and slightly windy
Description: Tall with pink/red feathers although observed from a distance, thin legs, distinctive rounded and flat bill.
A flock of about 5-10 adult spoonbills were seen wading in the marshes of the birding center in Port Aransas, TX. Although many birds and mammals share this habitat, I noticed that animals of the same species tend to stay together and rarely interact with members of other species. The spoonbills, specifically, were found in a small area of the marsh furthest from the observing pier where large crowds of people gathered. They did not make much noise, at least not that I could distinguish from ducks in the nearby area. They not only stayed close to one another but only made small movements and took small steps with no intention of going anywhere in particular.
I don't have a telephoto lens, but these beautiful birds are pretty unmistakable even at this distance!
foto: pequena laguna en Cacaluta
28 Aug 2009.
E B Forsythe NWR, Atlantic Co, NJ.