In Search of… Pink Birds

Today (January 10th, 2019) we were heading back down to Pembroke Pines and it would be our last opportunity for birding. One of my promises to Maria during our Texas vacation last year, was that we would see Roseate Spoonbills. When she and I had first visited Texas back in the late 90s, seeing Roseate Spoonbills was one of the most awesome encounters of the entire trip. Unfortunately, we struck out in TX. I was very hopeful that they would be present along the Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR as they had been reported pretty much every day the past week.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge sign

As we turned on to the road, off to the side was a nice Tricolored Heron working its way slowly along the side of the road.

Photo of Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

As luck would have it, barely a couple of minutes along the road was a single Roseate Spoonbill. I yelled out to Maria, “PINK BIRD ALERT, PINK BIRD!” We all jumped out of the car (me forgetting to put the car in park…) and got decent looks at one that wasn’t too far away, but it was directly into the sun.

Photograph of Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

I am always looking for yet better images of birds that I already have an image of, but I am especailly looking for “Life Photograph” birds. Those birds that I have seen, but never photographed. The next target was a bird that I had fair photos of, but nothing I would feel comfortable sharing with anyone other than my mother. REDDISH EGRET. This bird was in perfect morning light, with the sun at my back this time, not in my face.

Photograph of Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

The next bird on the road was actually one of those “Lifer photo” birds, a WOOD STORK. We watched it walk along the channel and then fly across the small pond.

Photograph of Wood Stork
Wood Stork

Then we hit the jackpot. I knew something was happening ahead because there were a dozen cars stopped and some folks with really big lenses pointing to some birds right along the side of the road. The next several images can say more than my words ever could.

Photograph of White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill
Whie Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill
Photograph of White Ibis, Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
White Ibis, Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
Photograph of Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Photograph of White Ibis, Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill
White Ibis, Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill
Photograph of Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Photograph of Roseate Spoonbill flock
Roseate Spoonbills
Image of Roseate Spoonbill

One thought on “In Search of… Pink Birds”

  1. January is really the very best time to see the Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island, in my opinion. We’ve seen scores of White Pelicans there, too, at that same time of year – in addition to all the other beauties you’ve captured here.

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