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Roseatte spoonbill Florida Everglades

The Roseate Spoonbill wades among white ibis in the Florida Everglades

When it comes to birds everyone loves exotics. Is there anything more exotic than a large pink wading bird whose beak is shaped like a spoon? One can clearly see where the name roseate spoonbill comes from. The beak is specially designed to comb the muddy waters in search of small fish, mollusk, shrimp, and even plants. Whatever it can spatula out of the mud is fair game. The range of these birds is pretty limited to southern Florida and the Everglades, but they have been seen as far north as Illinois. This photo was taken from a pond just north of Flamingo.

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