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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