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Tricolor Heron and Roseate Spoonbill

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During one of my wanders along Tigertail Beach (SW Florida), I found a juvenile Roseate Spoonbill sharing a tree-root perch with a very handsome Tricolor Heron on the lagoon side of the spit. To get the light on my back necessitated a wade out into the lagoon and 30 min's with the mozzies:


20912341561_cef47e015b_o.jpg2R4C5810 by Whyone, on Flickr


20282455624_75634ece72_o.jpg2R4C5807 by Whyone, on Flickr


A few more picture of these two, plus some other spoonbills - there were more in the lagoon this year than I have seen previously, and there was a chap from the Audubon Society on the beach most mornings monitoring them.


20284022893_2ecfbffe3e_o.jpg2R4C5823 by Whyone, on Flickr


20717075638_84f134d6b3_o.jpg2R4C5847 by Whyone, on Flickr


20718286729_5e686c17d2_o.jpg2R4C5037 by Whyone, on Flickr


20895331882_594bf412cc_o.jpg2R4C4207 by Whyone, on Flickr


20718287589_12802ed69f_o.jpg2R4C4217 by Whyone, on Flickr

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michael-ibk

I love these beautiful birds, and your shots are great! :)

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TonyQ

@@Whyone?

Beautiful photos - and worth the effort to get that quality of light

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Whyone?

 

There's no means of giving your Tigertail Beach posting a ‘SUPER-Like’, thus I'd like to tell you that your images are sensational!

Clear, vibrant, loaded with detail. The colors of the Roseate Spoonbill are intense.

Is Tigertail Beach on a Gulf of Mexico barrier island?

Your careful positioning yourself for an optimal position yielded images which I highly admire.

Thank you so much for sharing them on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

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Whyone?

@@michael-ibk, @@TonyQ.....thank you for taking the time to look at and comment on my photo's.

 

@@Tom Kellie....what can I say, you really are too kind!!!! Yes, Tigertail Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, though in itself, not a barrier island - it is a long spit to the north of Marco Island, part of the 10,000 Islands area of SW florida. It is a wonderful place to walk - a recognised and protected bird sanctuary. Having both the Gulf and lagoon gives a rich variety of birds (not to mention dolphin and Manatee). I will post a few photos of some of the less flamboyant birds to be found here when I return from Venice (off in an hour or so!)

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Tom Kellie

@@michael-ibk, @@TonyQ.....thank you for taking the time to look at and comment on my photo's.

 

@@Tom Kellie....what can I say, you really are too kind!!!! Yes, Tigertail Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, though in itself, not a barrier island - it is a long spit to the north of Marco Island, part of the 10,000 Islands area of SW florida. It is a wonderful place to walk - a recognised and protected bird sanctuary. Having both the Gulf and lagoon gives a rich variety of birds (not to mention dolphin and Manatee). I will post a few photos of some of the less flamboyant birds to be found here when I return from Venice (off in an hour or so!)

 

~ @@Whyone?

 

Thank you for the helpful clarification.

I've never visited Florida, aside from three hours driving through the northwestern Panhandle.

Even less flamboyant birds would be a welcome post!

Venice? Enjoy!

Tom K.

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Atdahl

@@Whyone? those mosquito bites were sure worth it. Another great series of photos. The Roseate Spoonbill is such a cool bird and you captured it well. If you ever find yourself in Florida in the spring time, the rookery in St Augustine is worth a day or two. You can get really close to birds like these plus storks and egrets.

 

Alan

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Whyone?

Hi Alan @@Atdahl.

 

Thank you for your kind comments and the St. Augustine recommendation. I have a good friend whose son is at college there - he says it is an interesting town to visit from a historical perspective (the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the US?) so maybe a little bit of history and lots of birds will be enough to get me there one day!

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kittykat23uk

Spoonbills are my favourite bird! We recently bought a statue of one for the garden. :)

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Atdahl

@@kittykat23uk. I know what you mean. They are fascinating to look at.

 

@@Whyone?. You are welcome. While we aren't that big into towns and culture (it gets in the way of wildlife watching), I have to agree that St Augustine was really cool besides the rookery at the Alligator Farm. Their "downtown" is great and we took a boat tour out into the bay which was nice as well. And, if you are into golf the World Golf Hall of Fame is there. It's definitely worth a visit in my book.

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