Time Traveler by William C. Gladish

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
500mm Lens

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

I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Lori13
    Lori13almost 3 years ago

    OOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Looks like ballet!

  • thank you Lori…it does look like ballet :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 3 years ago

    Oh, WOW! Beautiful! (and a SciFi fant, too! :-)) Instant favourite!

  • thank you…“Resistance is Futile”…what a great line that was…applies to the beauty of the spoonbill too :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonalmost 3 years ago

    Ooooh, stunning!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    3 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2012/04/04 1 Image per 24hrs

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

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  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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