Pulling off in a ditch

I was heading home on a quiet road that was being widened when I saw the bright pink spots in the ditch. The ditch was full of water from the storms and was more like a river at this point. Of course, since I had my camera in the car, I turned around and came back to the spot, pulling of the road. It’s not often you see this many spoonbills hanging out together, even if it was noon and the sun was straight up.

The angle of the bright light was bad and it felt like being in a swamp but I was still determined to spend some time watching these beautiful spoonies going about their lunch. A tricolored heron walked up and the spoonies ignored him as he cruised right through their party.

The spoonies were busy sleeping, preening, feeding or yawning or really just chilling on this hot day.

I looked down and this fiddler crab was not happy I was there, shaking his claw at me as he was trying to hide in the muck.

5 thoughts on “Pulling off in a ditch

  1. Rosette Spoonbills are my MOST favorite FL bird and we rarely see them in the wild. I’ll be on the lookout. We did see a big flock of Glossy Ibis this week and that was unusual. You just never know what you’ll see here. LOVE the photos you took! GORGEOUS!!!

  2. Hello,

    Your Spoonbill photos are beautiful, They are all gorgeous birds. The Roseate Spoonbill is one of my favorite Florida birds. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend!

  3. Hello,:=) I really loved seeing the Roseate Spoonbills, some fluffing out their feathers. In one picture a Spoonbill, looks like he/she is wearing a frilly pink party dress. They are gorgeous, birds, and your photos are lovely.

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