Can you believe how odd – and beautiful – this bird is?
The roseate spoonbill is a bird so far beyond the bounds of southwestern Pennsylvania that I guarantee you’ll never see one here.
Roseate spoonbills, named for their rosy feathers and funny beaks, are South American birds that also breed along the U.S. Gulf Coast and at Merritt Island, Florida. Their bills are shaped like a pair of wooden spoons clapped together because they feed on small crustaceans and aquatic bugs, swinging their bills side to side through the water to capture their food.
Steve Gosser photographed this spoonbill at a lagoon where the birds roost in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. According to Steve the spoonbills didn’t spend the day at the lagoon. They were only there in the morning and evening… which just happens to be when the light is great for photography.
(photo by Steve Gosser)