Thursday, September 29, 2011

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology describes the Roseate Spoonbill as
"A bizzare wading bird of the southern coasts,...

...The Roseate Spoonbill uses it's odd bill to strain small food items out of the water....

It's bright pink coloring leads many Florida tourists to think they have seen a flamingo."

This bird is probably a juvenile or yearling, as the dark pink spot on the shoulder has yet to appear.