Roseate Spoonbill wading in marsh
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – HOLEYLAND WMA, FL
- This photograph of a Roseate Spoonbill was shot with a Nikon D90 attached to a Tamron 28-300mm telephoto lens from a distance of approximately 100 yards. The subject was wading in a marshy area near Holey Land WMA in Deem City, FL.
The Roseate Spoonbill, a large wading bird with pink plumage and a distinctive spatulate bill, is one of the most striking birds found in North America. They stand 85 cm tall and have a 1.3 m wingspan. The bare skin of the adult’s head has a greenish tinge with a darker black band around the base of the skull. The eyes and legs are red. The feathers of the neck, chest, and upper back are white. The upper wing coverts are red, the tail feathers are orange-pink, and the rest of the body and wing feathers are pale pink. The unique pale grey bill is long, flattened and spoonlike in appearance. Immature birds are paler in color and have feathered heads.