A-Z Challenge – R is for Roseate Spoonbill

The feature image was a feature image for my Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections.

Roseate Spoonbill

A curious Common Gallinule was looking on (right).

Roseate Spoonbills are pale pink and white birds with a patch of brighter pink on the shoulders and rump. They are so named because of their spoon-shaped bill. Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers pink after they eat them. The more they eat, the brighter pink in their feathers.

They forage in shallow marshlike areas and they are feeding here with the migrating Blue-winged Teals along the mangroves at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

Roseate Spoonbills can be found in the coastal areas of the United States in Florida, Texas and Louisiana. They also can be seen year-round along the coast of Mexico, Central and South America and all over the Caribbean Islands.

This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.

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21 Comments on “A-Z Challenge – R is for Roseate Spoonbill

  1. These are beautiful, but I am confused! I thought this week was going to be about birds beginning with the letter F, not R? I have some flamingos drafted for you 😆

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    • Hi Sarah. This is the A-Z challenge separate from my Bird Weekly challenge. It is “F”. I’m probably going to be late posting…possibly later today or tomorrow. I had a bad reaction to the 2nd vaccine and I have been down for 2 days. Not sure how long I’m going to be upright today, but feeling somewhat decent at the moment. You can get your “F” post ready and I will get it done as soon as I’m able. 🙂

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      • Oh sorry, I got completely muddled 😕🙃 I’m sorry too to hear you had a bad reaction to your 2nd vaccine (although great that you have had the jab!) I’m all ready to go when you post but there’s absolutely no hurry as I have several other posts bubbling under too 😆

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    • Thanks Elaine. They are really pretty and you can pick them out when they fly with other birds. They really stick out! 🙂


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