Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Roseate Spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is common in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, but in the United States it can only be found in one place - the Gulf coast of Florida. Once you see these big white headed seabirds with pale Pepto pink rear ends, magenta underwings, and a beak resembling those flat wooden dipping spoons that used to come with old people's ice cream, you'll never forget it.

The pictures above were taken at a great distance from the Williams Pier in Gulfport, so to the right I've filched, for your edification, a pic from Wikipedia.

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