During our stay in Florida, we arrived one morning at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge just in time to greet the sun and say good morning to a handful of Roseate Spoonbill. Their pastel pinks looked so lovely in the early light.
It’s easy to see how they got their name!
I found these birds fascinating to watch. To sat they are bizarrely beautiful would be an understatement.
Spoonbills use their bills to sift through the muck and find food (more by feel than by sight) and have toes with claws (rather than webbed feet) that help them grip the slick bottom of the lake or marsh.
At one point, these beauties were almost extinct as their coveted pink feathers were highly desired for fashion fetishes. The irony is that the feathers get their color from the birds diet, and are fast to fade once they are removed from the bird.
Now, I have to confess, while I wouldn’t want to wear this Spoonbill’s feathers, they do look like they would make a super soft place to nap!
After awhile, a couple of the birds flew off, giving us a good look at their outstretched wings.
Later in the day, we saw some more of these beauties flying against the blue sky, which really made their rosy pink pop!
Hanging out with these Roseate Spoonbill was such a wonderful way to spend the morning. They seemed so peaceful and utterly unperturbed by my presence. Just one more blessing that made the trip to Florida such a treat.