Category Archives: Spoonbill

The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill

Immediate disclaimer here ! I had no control, or special position, that gave me this shot. Photographing birds head on, especially tall thin ones, rarely gets anything worth keeping. Most of us don’t even bother.

That said, Spoonbills fly with their head lowered when landing. That’s exactly what happened here.

Best viewed large.

The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill

The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill
The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill

As the Spoonbill landed he turned to drop down into the marsh.

The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill
The Best Angle, Roseate Spoonbill

As you can tell I was happy to get these frontal flight shots. The profiles of the birds unique bill is clearly seen here.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill

There was an odd squawk and a loud flurry of wings.

We never noticed him until he jumped and pushed past.

Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill
Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill

This was a foggy morning, hard to see or shoot. Ellen and I decided to walk down a long dike while waiting for some sun.

Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill
Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill
Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill
Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill

I think the Spoonbill was a surprised as we were.

Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill
Almost Run Over By A Spoonbill

I was shooting at a slow speed because of the fog, yet it was just fast enough to get this series.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill

The feisty pink locals, Spoonbills, have been accommodating lately.

Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill
Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill

After they disrupt all the other resting birds the usual pushing and shoving eventually happens. Recently one has been more aggressive than most. Bad for the Spoonies, but good for the photographer.

Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill
Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill
Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill
Crazy Clown Chaos, Spoonbill

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The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)

This is the third post in a series following the chaos of the ‘clown brigade’, group of Spoonbills, flying into a marsh together.

The following photographs are part of the King Of The Hill antics Roseate Spoonbill are known for. In short it’s getting the highest branch while pushing and shoving each other.

This is also why most other reasonable birds just leave.

Below was typical, two birds on the same branch. Nothing doing but to push and shove each other.

The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)

Keep in mind these Spoonbill just flew in together, spent the morning in another tree with each other, but now it’s time to push for some reason.

The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)

One finally moves over.

The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)
The Games Begin, Spoonbill (3)

The bird that leaves now has the fun of pushing another Spoonbill, who will go and push another…

Usually it goes in a circle until one gets made and bites, or they get bored.

Pretty pink clowns.