I used ‘South Carolina’ in the tile since I have learned a lot about the Spoonbill recently. Based on that this may be one of the birds in the first stages of local breeding out here.
Audubon in Florida has detailed notebooks going back to the 1950’s documenting the breeding patterns and nesting movements. They are resilient and have managed to survive in spite of us. Just barely though.
This juvenile was photographed in the ACE Basin 2 weeks ago. Later that day I captured a pair.
My own records show that almost 2 years ago to the day large flocks were in this same marsh area.
I hope to get out there next week to search out more of the Spoonbills.
I did not know that the Spoonbill is a species used to track the health of the Florida Everglades and southern wetlands in congressional presentations.
Smart… everybody loves a big pink bird, even our politicians.