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Captured this Roseate Spoonbill on Bunche beach, in Ft. Myers, Florida as the sun came up hitting the beautiful feathers.From about 1850-1890 there was a drastic decline of the Roseate Spoonbill in the gulf coast of the U.S. This was mainly due to the demand for the plumes of the Egret which share the same colonies with the spoonbill. This disruption led to the desertion of the area by the spoonbills.

Fortunately, due to the conservation efforts by the National Audubon Society and decades of protection from poachers, the spoonbills have come back to the breeding islands of Texas and Louisiana. Florida has had a more difficult time in getting the spoonbills to return to the area, but the population is steadily building. Today the threat is a more indirect one. Human populations on the coastal cities are destroying the Roseate Spoonbills mangrove habitat.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Perfect image!!

  • thank you Vitta

    – kathy s gillentine

  • grannyshot
    grannyshotover 4 years ago

    Just so beautiful Kathy!

  • many thanks Linda

    – kathy s gillentine

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colours and reflections Kathy!

  • thank you Annie

    – kathy s gillentine

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Kathy. I love the color of these birds. XXSUEXX

  • thanks so much Sue, I do too xx

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Kathy…… and the narration on the Spoonbills so interesting… we need to be aware and appreciate what we have…… A beautiful image!!!!

  • thanks so much Brenda, yes we need to protect all of our wildlife

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Oooooh!! what a gorgeous bird!!

  • thanks so much Wendi

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    great capture

  • thank you

    – kathy s gillentine

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    This is just wonderful and the exposure is perfect.

  • many thanks

    – kathy s gillentine

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • thanks alot D

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • thank you Susan

    – kathy s gillentine

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