Saturday, July 19, 2008

Roseate Spoonbills

If you've watched our Florida Beach Basics - The Space Coast, you learned about the joys of birdwatching at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Our friend Wayne took this beautiful photo of some roseate spoonbills during a trip to the refuge last week. As always, be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it.
Pink being pink, the roseate spoonbill is sometimes mistaken for a flamingo. Like the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill gets much of its pink color from its diet. According to the St. Louis Zoo, "The crustaceans that it eats feed on algae which contain pigments that impart a pink/red color." Whatever causes it, this pink and blue combination makes for a fine photograph! (Photo by Wayne Matchett)


Amanda said...

How beautiful, they are like small flamingos!! I miss the southern birds so much. You are so lucky to live so close to the ocean.

Amanda said...

Reading your site makes me want to be a beach bum. I can see why some people do it.