Late in the evening, two male spoonbills started to fight over fishing spots in a shallow pond. With the low-light conditions and slow shutter speeds, it created the above image which, for me, looks like an energized time traveler being ejected from the portal. Yes, in addition to nature, I’m a science fiction fan too :-) Numerous images were taken of the ruckus, but I felt this was the best combination of blur, subject, stage, color, and art. Please click the image and view large.
Everglades National Park, Florida
Description ADULT Has bald head and dark nape. Rest of body is feathered, mostly white on neck, but flushed pink elsewhere with scarlet bar on wings and spot on breast center. Legs are reddish. JUVENILE Recalls adult, but head is feathered (remains so until second winter), plumage is paler overall, and scarlet elements are absent.
Dimensions Length: 30-32" (76-81 cm); Wngspn: 4’ 5" (1.3 m)
Habitat Locally common in coastal wetlands of Texas and south Florida.
Observation Tips Easy to see in Florida’s Everglades.
Range Texas, Southwest, Plains, California, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida
Voice Mostly silent.
Discussion Unmistakable waterbird with diagnostic horizontally flattened, spoon-shaped bill, swept side-to-side through water when feeding. Sexes are similar.
Information Source: eNature.com