Thursday, July 22, 2010

Spoonbills In Matlacha

The roseate spoonbill is one of my favorite birds and a common sight around the mangrove of Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass.  I spotted this pair on McArdle Island which is just two miles south of the drawbridge.  It was overcast this morning and the light was poor so the photos don't do the colors of these birds justice.  They're an incredibly vibrant pink and scarlet when the sun hits them directly.  And no, they're not related to flamingos which we rarely ever see around this part of Florida.