Thursday, April 9, 2009

Roseate Spoonbills at St Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery

These Roseate Spoonbills were at the Rookery
at St Augustine Alligator Farm, April 2008.
I did not see any Spoonbills at nest that afternoon,
they were just high in the trees.
Spoonbills are one of birds that almost became extinct in the early 1900's
due to the beauty of their feathers.
The pink feathers were used in lady's hats.
I saw my first Spoonbills at Lake Seminole Park in February 2008,
so I was really excited to see them at the alligator farm rookery.
The rookery there consist of birds that come every year to nest,
but are not in captivity.
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14 comments:

Shellmo said...

I just love the shape of their beaks! And they look very social in that first photo all lined up together like that!

Lynne said...

These are such odd looking birds and I think some of your best photos.

Willard said...

Beautiful photos! Good to hear you are seeing some turkeys in the Cove and I hope to see some photos of them.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great photos, Leedra.. My brother used to live near the St. Augustine Alligator Farm --and I visited them many times there. They had a gorgeous home with live oak trees in the yard.. SO pretty!!!! I love St. Augustine.

Hugs,
Betsy

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great shots .I liked the first one with them posing in single file.
Blessings,Ruth

Pam said...

These are beautiful birds. I really love the pick feathers. Great shots.

Susie said...

I'm glad they have survived extinction. Love their pretty pink feathers.

George said...

Those birds are beautiful -- I can see why their feathers were in demand for hats. The shape of their beak is fascinating.

Kallen305 said...

Such gorgeous birds that you captured incredibly well. Love the first one where they are all on the branch together.

Natural Moments said...

She looks like she is smiling in the last two photos. It's nice that you get to see these wonderful birds in your area.

dAwN said...

Awesome photos Leedra!
They are the funniest looking creatures..to me they look like a gawky man in a pink tutu and tights.

Rose said...

Wonderful! Love that one with the three on the limb.

lisaschaos said...

Those Spoonbills are cool! I wish they migrated up this way, but they don't so eventually I'll have to get to them. ;) Beautiful!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

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