This is the Roseate Spoonbill! I nearly fainted to see it this morning!
I feel so honored to have this lovely creature come visit this morning. The loveliest Roseate Spoonbill that I’ve ever seen, and I have seen a few, but only in captivity; never like this, so beautifully close and in the wild.
I have, on my iPhone, an Audubon Guide to Nature and it’s the best investment in “apps” that I’ve made to date! As far as the history of these birds, the Audubon Guide informs that early in the century, people hunted these lovely birds to use their plumes – so lovely they are – and poachers severely depleted the Roseate. Protective laws went into place, however, and fortunately, they are no longer endangered. Thank heaven for this – what a sight they are!
This little Rose was not afraid of me in the least – well, as long as I kept at least 6 feet distance, it was okay.
I took over 500 shots, I’m trying to choose the very best to share here. I hope you enjoy seeing this lovely.