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<strong>Roseate Spoonbill</strong><em>Ajaia ajaia</em>Homosassa Springs, FL Dec. 14, 2009
Roseate Spoonbill
Ajaia ajaia
Homosassa Springs, FL
Dec. 14, 2009

These pretty pink birds are quite a treat to see. I photographed this one at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. It was in an enclosure, so I was able to get quite close. I wasn't so lucky at Sanibel Island, where we saw them in the wild. The bright pink patch on the wing indicates this bird is an adult.
Spoonbills use their unusual, flat bills to catch small crustaceans in the mud.