Sometimes we’re lucky . . .

Sometimes we are lucky enough to encounter beauty in the world around us when we least expect it.   One recent morning, while I was busy looking down instead of up, the Roseate Spoonbill featured above (and below) in this post just appeared out of nowhere!  Suddenly someone called out, “Oh, look, a Roseate Spoonbill!”, and I was fortunate to snap a few shots quickly as he passed overhead and flew off into the distance. IMG_5999Both the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology refer to the Roseate Spoonbill as a ‘bizarre’ wading bird.  True, they are curious-looking, but I much prefer to think of our strikingly pink Spoonbill as flamboyant”, as described in the detailed Birds of America Online!!  Once hunted for their magnificent plumage, the Spoonbill is a large wading bird, with a huge 50″ wingspan.  It forages in shallow water, sweeping its large, spatula-shaped bill side-to-side until the bill snaps closed upon contact with small fish or other aquatic prey. IMG_5647A tiny fraction of the size of the Spoonbill, our endearing little Warblers and other small birds are returning in greater numbers every week.  A few days before the Spoonbill and I crossed paths, I heard this diminutive bird above chirping in the trees.  So small and so fast, they have always been very difficult for me to photograph – I was sure that I would lose track of him as he flitted from one branch to another.  But he eventually emerged from the woods and hopped along among the marsh reeds.  I managed to capture him in the shadows before he took off again, but alas…. I’m still not sure what he is…..?? IMG_5742IMG_5747 IMG_5728Though some encounters are unexpected, other birds are  truly ‘regulars’, and they joyfully make their presence known nearly all year round.  I always feel uplifted when I hear the unmistakable loud trill of the Red-winged Blackbird, as he flaunts his brilliant red shoulder patches, singing out with all his heart. For those who sometimes encounter harder-to-identify birds by their sounds, check out the wonderful online resource at All About Birds called  All About Birds Songs and Calls!

12 thoughts on “Sometimes we’re lucky . . .

  1. Sometimes we are lucky – I totally agree. I saw a Roseate Spoonbill in Costa Rica earlier this year and was a bit disappointed as I’d expected to love it, but think our white Royal Spoonbill looks better. Maybe it’s just what I’m used too! I’d love to see a Red-winged Blackbird like that though.


  2. I only see the spoonbill in the Buffalo zoo. They never venture to the north marshes where I live. You have wonderful images of it and I agree, you were lucky to catch it in camera that fast. I also agree about those little warblers flitting from place to place. Fast little buggers. We are lucky to see them in Spring on their way to their breeding grounds, so I do get to capture them often. I like those red-winged blackbirds too even if they are common. They are animated which lots of birds pale in comparison.


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