Spoonbills

To make it easier to picture the roseate spoonbill in the wild, browse the images below.

 

The roseate spoonbill (platalea ajaja), essentially a neotropical bird, is a resident breeder in South America, mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Gulf Coast of the United States through Florida up to central Florida on the Atlantic coast. Of the six species of spoonbills, it is the only one found in the New World and the only one whose head becomes completely bald as it ages.

The spoonbill walks slowly through fresh and coastal waters swinging its bill from side to side in the shallow water searching for the crustaceans, insects, frogs, newts and very small fish that it feeds upon. Its sensitive spoon shaped bill makes it easy to even sift through muddy water in its search for prey.

Just A Spoonful

A roseatte spoonbill searches for food in the waters of Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Siftling For Prey.

A roseatte spoonbill searches the waters of the oxbow at Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park for prey.

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Egret And Spoonbill Mix

A great white egret and a pair of roseatte spoonbills feed in the waters of Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Spoonbill In The Marsh

A roseate spoonbill wading in a marshy area of Riverview, Florida.

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Riverview Rosy

A roseate spoonbill walking through a marshy area in Riverview, Florida.

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Muddy feet

Tired from hunting for food in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park, a roseate spoonbill decides to take a rest.

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Roseate Swish

A roseate spoonbill feeds in a marshy area next to Bishops Harbor Road with a number of immatyure American white ibises near Rubonia, Florida in Manatee County in mid November of 2016.

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Rosy Rest

A roseate spoonbill rests in a marshy area next to Bishops Harbor Road near Rubonia, Florida in Manatee County in mid November of 2016.

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Feeding Etiquette

A roseate spoonbill is surrounded by a group of immature American white Ibises in a marshy area off Bishops Habor Road near Rubonia, Florida in Manatee County. It was mid November of 2016 and the spoonbill seemed to be lecturing the young ibises about feeding etiquette.

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Ungainly Flight

A roseatte spoonbill flies over a fish farm in Ruskin, Florida on a morning in late April, after being disturbed while feeding in one of the ponds. The spoonbill and a small flock of white ibis had been feeding together.

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A Leg Up

A roseatte spoonbill rests on the rail of the catwalk on the Hillsborough River at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

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Roseate Trio

Roseate spoonbills taking advantage of a diminishing waterhole in Ruskin, Florida.

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