Our neighbors are enjoying a break at their Florida condo, Sandy spotted some wildlife and sent along this photo today. She writes:
"Spotted our first Roseate Spoonbill (at least one that was sitting still for a photo). We've been looking since we learned about them in the spring. He was hanging out with the ibis."
Like the American flamingo, their pink color is diet-derived, consisting of the carotenoid pigment canthaxanthin. Another carotenoid, astaxanthin, can also be found deposited in flight and body feathers. The colors can range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on age and location. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. They alternate groups of stiff, shallow wingbeats with glides. --- Wikipedia