roseate spoonbill 's

kathy s gillentine

Fort Myers, United States

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The roseate spoonbill spends a lot of its time in shallow water feeding. It sweeps its open bill from side to side in the water to sift up food like small fish, shrimp, mollusks, snails and insects. It has touch receptors in its bill that help it feel its prey. Like the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill’s pink color comes from the food it eats. Some of the crustaceans it eats feed on algae that give the spoonbill’s feathers their rosy pink color.
Captured at The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.

canon 5D mk2
canon 400mm 1.4 extender focal 560mm

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